Sustainable WEF Nexus Management: A Conceptual Framework to Integrate Models of Social, Economic, Policy, and Institutional Developments

Autor(en): Akinsete, Ebun
Koundouri, Phoebe
Kartala, Xanthi
Englezos, Nikos
Lautze, Jonathan
Yihdego, Zeray
Gibson, Julie
Scholz, Geeske 
van Bers, Caroline 
Sodoge, Jan
Stichwörter: CLIMATE-CHANGE; COMPLEXITY; decision support system (DSS); ENERGY-FOOD NEXUS; ENVIRONMENT; FUTURE; integrated water resource management; PERSPECTIVES; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); sustainable resource management; Water Resources; WATER-RESOURCES MANAGEMENT; WEF nexus
Erscheinungsdatum: 2022
Volumen: 4
Rapid population growth along with increased rates of economic growth around the globe are placing valuable natural resources, water in particular, under unprecedented stress; this in turn drives the pursuit of innovative tools to support integrated Water-Energy-Food (WEF) nexus management. This paper presents a framework for the integrated management of the WEF nexus, which brings together four separate models that address the less well-examined socio-anthropological aspects of the nexus. The proposed framework provides insight into the human element as part of the wider ecosystem in terms of socio-cultural and economic activities, the laws and policies that govern these activities, as well as their potential socio-economic impacts and consequences. This paper outlines each individual model, before going on to present a conceptual framework for the integration of the various models for the purpose of supporting more robust decision-making. The framework, which is grounded in systems thinking, adopts the principles of sustainable development as structural foci in order to position the various models in relation to one another; harmonizing their inputs as well as outputs.
DOI: 10.3389/frwa.2022.727772

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