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Resources 2018, 7(4), 67; https://doi.org/10.3390/resources7040067

Decoding the Wickedness of Resource Nexus Problems—Examples from Water-Soil Nexus Problems in China

United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), 01067 Dresden, Germany
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Received: 4 June 2018 / Revised: 8 October 2018 / Accepted: 24 October 2018 / Published: 26 October 2018
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Abstract

Managing environmental resources in a nexus manner is typically denoted as a highly wicked problem. Such denotations are, however, barely based on clearly defined dimensions and degrees of wickedness. This hinders the application of effective policy and governance strategies to address nexus problems in practice. This study provides a conceptually thorough analysis of the wickedness of resource nexus problems, taking specific water-soil nexus problems in the Loess plateau in China as an example. Analyses are based on a clear operationalization of wicked problems, as provided in the literature on public policies, the nexus, and the case study area. Results show that resource nexus problems generally fulfill the theoretical criteria of wicked problems, namely the existence of highly conflicting goals, high system complexity, and high informational uncertainty. Consequently, traditional policy and governance strategies to address wicked problems such as participatory modes of governance may be fruitful in order to deal with resource nexus problems in general and in the Loess plateau, more particularly. View Full-Text
Keywords: conflicts; complexity; uncertainty; soil and water management; wicked problems conflicts; complexity; uncertainty; soil and water management; wicked problems
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Kirschke, S.; Zhang, L.; Meyer, K. Decoding the Wickedness of Resource Nexus Problems—Examples from Water-Soil Nexus Problems in China. Resources 2018, 7, 67.

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