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Modeling the Hydropower–Food Nexus in Large River Basins: A Mekong Case Study

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Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University, 48 Linnaeus Way, Acton 2600, Australia
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Water 2016, 8(10), 425; https://doi.org/10.3390/w8100425
Received: 5 February 2016 / Revised: 15 September 2016 / Accepted: 20 September 2016 / Published: 28 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Large Asian River Basins)
An increasing global population and growing wealth are raising demand for energy and food, impacting on the environment and people living in river basins. Sectoral decision-making may not optimize socio-economic benefits because of perverse impacts in other sectors for people and ecosystems. The hydropower–food supply nexus in the Mekong River basins is assessed here in an influence model. This shows how altering one variable has consequent effects throughout the basin system. Options for strategic interventions to maximize benefits while minimizing negative impacts are identified that would enable national and sub-national policy makers to take more informed decisions across the hydropower, water and food supply sectors. This approach should be further tested to see if it may aid policy making in other large river systems around the world. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy; food; water; rivers; nexus energy; food; water; rivers; nexus
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Pittock, J.; Dumaresq, D.; Bassi, A.M. Modeling the Hydropower–Food Nexus in Large River Basins: A Mekong Case Study. Water 2016, 8, 425.

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