Is the Nexus Approach a Way to Decode the Higher Order Interlinkages between the Water–Food–Energy–Health–Biodiversity?
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2023) | Viewed by 15828
Interests: hydrological modeling; urban water management; wastewater management; sustainable development goals
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Rapid global changes (e.g., population growth, land use land cover changes, climate change, urbanization, etc.), are giving a ripple effects on different natural resources like food, air, water, energy, and biodiversity. These challenges are so much interlinked, that often one challenge leads to an increased chance of others. For example, water pollution leads to food insecurity and health issues, whereas unmanaged food production leads to water pollution and health issue.
Moreover, current management practices and policy interventions are mainly looking into one-way interaction and silos (e.eg water, food, agriculture, forest, etc.) rather than a holistic approach. With such policies, complex interlinkages between different sectors are often overlooked resulting in misinterpretation of interaction between humans and the environment. However, this trend is changing with the introduction of holistic policy frameworks such as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), One Earth, One Health, Planetary Health, etc. Hence, to address these complex issues, the nexus approach is vital in nature to transform our socio-economic well-being. It will also help to evaluate the nature of future frameworks in a more sustainable manner.
With the above background, this Special Issue will deal with the following issue:
- How relevant existing scientific information is there to interpret nexus issues.
- Is the nexus approach important to advance sustainable development on the earth?
- Policy challenges and opportunities related to the nexus approach.
Dr. Pankaj Kumar
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- natures future's framework
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- big data
- hydrological simulation