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The water-energy-food nexus: an ecosystems and anthropocentric perspective

The book Water-Energy-Food Nexus Narratives and Resource Securities: A Global South Perspective examines the intersection between water access and sanitation, reliable energy and food security as a focal point for sustainable development and climate adaptation in the Global South.

This chapter is co-authored by SEI scientists and examines two case studies that illustrate the strengths of taking a holistic approach to climate adaptation that benefits all of these sectors as a whole.

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Williams, S., Huber-Lee, A., Forni, L., Almulla, Y., Ramirez Gomez, C., Joyce, B. and Fuso-Nerini, F. (2022). Chapter 14 - The water-energy-food nexus: an ecosystems and anthropocentric perspective. In T. Mabhaudhi, A. Senzanje, A. Modi, G. Jewett and F. Massawe (eds.), Water-Energy-Food Nexus Narratives and Resource Securities: A Global South Perspective. (pp. 257–277). Elsevier, Amsterdam. http://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-91223-5.00008-3

As the consequences of climate change continue to unfold globally, effective adaptation strategies are critical. There are many uncertainties inherent in climate change adaptation, and so policy-makers must take a holistic approach to account for all affected environmental resource sectors.

Adaptation strategies consideration water, energy and food systems alike, and these sectors’ impact on one another. This chapter examines the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus as a tool to provide stakeholders with possible comprehensive adaptation strategies.

This chapter of Water-Energy-Food Nexus Narratives and Resource Securities: A Global South Perspective uses two case study regions, the Middle East/North Africa and Latin America, to illustrate the benefits of the WEF nexus lens for creating robust, intersectoral climate adaptation approaches.

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SEI authors

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Annette Huber-Lee

Senior Scientist

SEI US

Laura Forni

Acting Water Program Director

SEI US

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Brian Joyce

Senior Scientist

SEI US

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