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Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Principles and Practices

P. Abdul Salam (Editor), Sangam Shrestha (Editor), Vishnu Prasad Pandey (Editor), Anil K. Anal (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-119-24315-1
264 pages
July 2017, American Geophysical Union
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Water, energy and food are key resources to sustain life, and are the fundamental to national, regional and global economies. These three resources are interlinked in multiple ways, and the term “nexus” captures the interconnections. The nexus has been discussed, debated, researched, and advocated widely but the focus is often on the pairings of “water-energy” or “water-food” or “energy-food”. To really benefit from the nexus approach in terms of resource use efficiency it is essential to understand, operationalize and practice the nexus of all three resources. As demand for these resources increases worldwide, using them sustainability is a critical concern for scientists and citizens, governments and policy makers.  

Volume highlights include:

  • Contributions to the global debate on water-energy-food nexus
  • Examples of the nexus approach in practice from different regions of the world
  • Perspectives on the future of the nexus agenda

Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Theories and Practices is a valuable resource for students, research scholars and professionals in academic institutions with strong interests in interdisciplinary research involving geography, earth science, environmental science, environmental management, sustainability science, international development, and ecological economics. The volume will also be useful for professionals, practitioners and consultants in /NGOs, government, and international agencies.

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Table of Contents

Section I: Understanding the nexus

1 The need for the nexus approach
P Abdul Salam, Vishnu Prasad Pandey, Sangam Shrestha, Anil Kumar Anal

2 Evolution of the nexus as a policy and development discourse
Vishnu Prasad Pandey, Sangam Shrestha

3 The nexus contribution to better water management and its limitations
Mike Muller

4 The emergence of a new paradigm: the water-food-energy nexus
Alex Smajgl, Johan Ward

5 Urban nexus: an integrated approach for the implementation of the sustainable development goals
Donovan Storey, Lorenzo Santucci, Banashri Sinha

Section II: Operationalizing the nexus

6 Modeling the water-energy-food nexus: a 7-question guideline
Bassel Daher, Sang-Hyun Lee, Amjad Assi, Rabi H. Mohtar

7 Water-Energy-Food nexus: selected tools and models in practice
Victor R. Shinde

8 Governing for the nexus: empirical, theoretical and normative dimensions
David Benson, Animesh K Gain, Josselin Rouillard, Carlo Giupponi

9 The role of international cooperation in operationalizing the nexus in developing countries: Emerging lessons of the nexus observatory
Kristin Meyer, Mathew Kurin

10 Assessing the potential of transboundary regional cooperation in Eastern Nile Basin: Framing nexus cooperation issues
Mohammad Al-Saidi, Nadir Ahmed Elagib, Lars Ribbe, Tatjana Schellenberg, Emma Roach, Deniz Oezhan

11 Energy-centric operationalizing of the nexus in rural areas: cases from South Asia
Parimita Mohanty, Satwik Patnaik

Section III: Nexus in practice

12 The water-energy-food nexus from a South African perspective
Olusola Ololade, Surina Esterhuyse, Audrey D. Levine

13 Water-food-energy nexus: Examples from USA
Soni M Pradhanang

14 WEF nexus cases from California with climate change implications
Qinqin Liu

15 Water, Energy and Food security nexus in West Asia Region
Mohamed Abdel Hamyd Dawoud

16 Assessment of water, energy and carbon footprints of crop production: A case study from Southeast Nepal
Sangam Shrestha, Saroj Adhikari

17 The Food-Water-Energy nexus in modern rice cultivation in Bangladesh
Sophia Barkat, Zachary A. Smith

18 Riverbank filtration technology at the nexus of Water-Energy-Food
Thomas B. Boving, Kavita Patil

Section IV: Future of the nexus agenda

19 Water-Energy Food (WEF) nexus and sustainable development
Ashim Das Gupta

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Author Information

P. Abdul Salam, Sangam Shrestha, Vishnu Prasad Pandey, and Anil Kumar Anal Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

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