Special Issue "Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Interlinkages in a Context of Global Change"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water-Energy Nexus".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Maria Blanco
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Guest Editor
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Interests: agroeconomic modeling; policy impact assessment; water–energy–food nexus; circular economy
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Dear Colleagues,

Water, energy, and food are highly interconnected. Despite this fact, the sectoral fragmentation of analytical and policy tools addressing these sectors remains widespread. A water–energy–food–ecosystems (WEFE) nexus perspective offers advantages to disentangle the multifaceted interconnections between water, energy, food, and ecosystems. A proper understanding of the WEFE nexus is crucial to address trade-offs and to identify synergetic policy interventions, which in turn are essential to advance towards the sustainable development goals. For this Special Issue, we invite papers examining the WEFE interlinkages, from the local to the global scales, and exploring development pathways that reconcile short-term objectives with long-term sustainability. Questions to be considered include:

  • What analytical tools are needed to identify WEFE interlinkages, assess trade-offs, and synergies and support policy interventions that enhance sustainability?
  • How to model the future evolution of the water, energy, and food sectors in a context of global change?
  • How can policy coherence be enhanced from a nexus perspective?
  • How can a nexus approach support the transition to a more circular economy?
  • What indicators are needed to measure nexus performance?
  • What actions are needed to move towards a more systemic approach to water management and improve resilience to climate change.

Prof. Dr. Maria Blanco
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • WEFE nexus
  • Climate change
  • Sustainability
  • Policy coherence
  • Nexus governance
  • Circular bioeconomy
  • Systems approach
  • Nexus dynamics
  • Nexus assessment framework

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Integrating Stakeholder Views and System Dynamics to Assess the Water–Energy–Food Nexus in Andalusia
Water 2020, 12(11), 3172; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12113172 - 13 Nov 2020
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A nexus approach can support the transition to sustainability by addressing trade-offs and pursuing synergies to improve water, energy, and food security. In this paper, a participatory system dynamics model was developed to identify and assess the key interlinkages between water, food, and [...] Read more.
A nexus approach can support the transition to sustainability by addressing trade-offs and pursuing synergies to improve water, energy, and food security. In this paper, a participatory system dynamics model was developed to identify and assess the key interlinkages between water, food, and energy in Andalusia (Spain). A panel of relevant stakeholders contributed to all stages of the model’s development. Further, by calibrating the model to CAPRI-Water projections until 2050, the evolution of the system under a plausible climate scenario, as well as effects of water prices changes, was evaluated. The results revealed a close link between water cost, irrigation water use, energy consumption, and the economic development of agriculture in the region. Large variability was observed in the effects of water pricing policies across crops. This paper concludes that a participatory system dynamics model can help in understanding the nexus synergies and can support the design of more coherent sustainability strategies in the region. Full article
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