Handbook on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus


Handbook on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

9781839100543 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Floor Brouwer, Senior Research Scholar, Wageningen Research, the Netherlands
Publication Date: 2022 ISBN: 978 1 83910 054 3 Extent: 448 pp
This Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of how water, energy and food are interconnected, comprising a coherent system: the nexus. It considers the interlinkages between natural resources, governance processes seeking coherence among water, energy and food policies, and the adoption of transdisciplinary approaches in the field.

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This Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of how water, energy and food are interconnected, comprising a coherent system: the nexus. It considers the interlinkages between natural resources, governance processes seeking coherence among water, energy and food policies, and the adoption of transdisciplinary approaches in the field.

With contributions covering a broad range of disciplinary perspectives and cross-cutting themes, the Handbook has a well-balanced mix of conceptual chapters and empirical studies. It includes a state-of-the-art analysis of the concepts and experiences in implementing the nexus in different policy environments, providing examples of successful integrated decision-making across the domains of water, energy and food. Offering a global perspective on water, energy and food security, the Handbook contains insights into achieving both national development goals and the Sustainable Development Goals. Chapters further highlight how to understand the concepts of the nexus in practice, impacts of the nexus in governance, policy and business, and methods and tools to strengthen the nexus.

Interdisciplinary and thorough, this Handbook will be critical reading for environmental management, public policy and human geography scholars. It will also be a useful tool for policymakers looking for successful examples of policy coherence towards an integrated management of water, energy and food resources.
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‘This nexus Handbook goes beyond rhetoric: It presents a range of innovative, multi- and transdisciplinary methodologies applied to real-life examples across the globe and carefully demonstrates that trade-offs can be managed and synergies achieved. It thus adds an important, more holistic perspective to the fight against climate change. The book is a “must read” for academics, development specialists and policymakers that are serious about ending water, food and energy poverty and comprehensive climate action.’
– Claudia Ringler, International Food Policy Research Institute and Chair, Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE2W) Network, US

‘The evidence is clear that understanding the trade-offs and synergies among the water, energy, food and ecosystems sectors can contribute to socio-economic resilience and environmental sustainability. Floor Brouwer has produced a compelling collection of readings that offer a comprehensive insight into the WEFE nexus. This Handbook offers chapters on a variety of nexus topics covering conceptual set-ups, systems approaches, methods, capacity development, knowledge transfer, governance and policy. This book will become an essential reference for practitioners and researchers alike.’
– Maria Vrachioli, Technical University of Munich, Germany

‘This Handbook is an impressive selection of chapters that brings together the Who''s Who of nexus researchers in Europe and beyond. The nexus is covered comprehensively, targeting a wide audience, presenting the views of scientists, policymakers and entrepreneurs and making a case for the nexus as a way to achieve sustainability and resource efficiency. Well done!’
– Chrysi Laspidou, University of Thessaly, Greece

‘With the world facing multiple climatic and non-climatic challenges that are exacerbating water-energy-food nexus pressures, this Handbook, written by globally recognized experts, provides researchers and practitioners with leading knowledge on how to create synergies and reduce trade-offs in reducing these pressures.’
– Robert C. Brears, Our Future Water, New Zealand

Contributors: Fadi Abdelradi, Thomas Alfstad, Omar Amawi, Tamara Avellán, Michelle Bonatti, Floor Brouwer, Juan J. Cadillo-Benalcazar, Vaibhav Chaturvedi, Myung Sik Cho, Roger Cremades, Bassel Daher, Șerban Octavian Davidescu, Lucia de Strasser, Paolo Davide Farah, Maïté Fournier, Jos Frijns, Louise A. Gallagher, Francesco Gardumi, Sandra Casas Garriga, Mario Giampietro, Pietro Goglio, Monika Heyder, Mark Howden, Mark Howells, Imad Antoine Ibrahim, Michael Jacobson, Anne Kleyböcker, Pia Laborgne, Katharina Löhr, Tep Makathy, Christos Makropoulos, Mirabela Marin, Christine Matauschek, Giacomo Melloni, Oscar Melo, Hermine Mitter, Essam Sh. Mohamed, Rabi H. Mohtar, Lisbeth Naranjo, Charlie Navanugraha, Kangkanika Neog, Taco Niet, Ioannis Pappis, Gracie Pekarcik, Andrea L. Pierce, Jamie Pittock, Steven G. Pueppke, Jiaguo Qi, Jiangxiao Qiu, Eunice Pereira Ramos, Ansel Renner, Dolores Rey, Ali Rhouma, Clara Plata Rios, Hans-Holger Rogner, Mario Roidt, Anna Saito, Gloria Salmoral, Anabel Sanchez-Plaza, Guido Schmidt, Abhishek Shivakumar, Afreen Siddiqi, Stefan Sieber, Heather Smith, Charles-Xavier Sockeel, Vignesh Sridharan, Janez Sušnik, Grant Tregonning, Nicu Constantin Tudose, Ana Paula Dias Turetta, Cezar Ungurean, Sander van den Burg, Oswaldo Viteri-Salazar, Molly A. Walton, Jochen Wendel, Olga Wilhelmi, Jianguo (Jingle) Wu, Paul Wyrwoll, Yachen Xie, Deyong Yu, Eduardo Zegarra, Sanaa Zebakh, Hui Zhao
List of contributors vii
1 Introduction to the water-energy-food nexus 1
Floor Brouwer

2 The nexus: concepts and frameworks 16
Tamara Avellán and Mario Roidt
3 Global nexus relationships and trends 36
Janez Sušnik
4 The theory and practice of transdisciplinary science in the
water-energy-food nexus 55
Louise A. Gallagher

5 Energy security and the energy transition 81
Molly A. Walton
6 Exploring policy coherence in India’s electricity-water nexus 96
Kangkanika Neog and Vaibhav Chaturvedi
7 A water-sensitive circular economy and the nexus concept 113
Christos Makropoulos, Sandra Casas Garriga, Anne Kleyböcker,
Charles-Xavier Sockeel, Clara Plata Rios, Heather Smith and Jos Frijns
8 Climate services and the nexus for smart resource management 132
Mirabela Marin, Roger Cremades, Nicu Constantin Tudose, Șerban Octavian
Davidescu, Cezar Ungurean, Hermine Mitter and Anabel Sanchez-Plaza
9 Capacity development and knowledge transfer on the climate, land,
water and energy nexus 149
Eunice Pereira Ramos, Francesco Gardumi, Taco Niet, Vignesh Sridharan,
Thomas Alfstad, Ioannis Pappis, Lucia de Strasser, Abhishek Shivakumar,
Mark Howells and Hans-Holger Rogner
10 A marine nexus approach for healthy ecosystems at sea 178
Pietro Goglio and Sander van den Burg
11 Examining knowledge of the nexus at the urban scale 193
Andrea L. Pierce, Monika Heyder, Grant Tregonning, Pia Laborgne, Olga
Wilhelmi and Jochen Wendelf

12 Water-energy-food nexus approaches and initiatives in Africa 211
Michael Jacobson and Gracie Pekarcik
13 Agricultural development in the Andean countries and the nexus 231
Oscar Melo, Lisbeth Naranjo, Dolores Rey, Gloria Salmoral, Oswaldo
Viteri-Salazar and Eduardo Zegarra
14 Management of the nexus in Australia 250
Jamie Pittock, Mark Howden and Paul Wyrwoll
15 Innovations on the nexus for development and growth in the south
Mediterranean region 273
Sanaa Zebakh, Fadi Abdelradi, Essam Sh. Mohamed, Omar Amawi, Mohamed
Sadiki and Ali Rhouma
16 The role of land in the water-energy-food nexus 291
Jiaguo Qi, Steve Pueppke, Myung Sik Cho, Yachen Xie, Charlie Navanugraha
and Tep Makathy

17 Leveraging the water-energy-food security nexus with a complex
adaptive systems approach 308
Afreen Siddiqi
18 An accounting framework recognising the complexity of the nexus 329
Mario Giampietro, Ansel Renner and Juan J. Cadillo-Benalcazar
19 A theoretical framework to address multi-level governance challenges
of the water-energy-food nexus 346
Giacomo Melloni, Ana Paula Dias Turetta, Katharina Löhr, Michelle Bonatti
and Stefan Sieber
20 Ecosystem services and the nexus for achieving urban sustainability 364
Jiangxiao Qiu, Hui Zhao, Deyong Yu and Jianguo Wu

21 Water-energy-food nexus in international law: A legal analysis 381
Paolo Davide Farah and Imad Antoine Ibrahim
22 The relevance and challenges in communicating the nexus 398
Guido Schmidt, Christine Matauschek, Maïté Fournier, Anna Saito, Bassel
Daher and Rabi H. Mohtar

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