The critical role of risk in setting directions for water, food and energy policy and research: Open Issue, part I

Louise Gallagher, James Dalton, Christian Bréthaut, Tony Allan, Helen Bellfield, Damian Crilly, Katharine Cross, Dipak Gyawali, Detlef Klein, Sophie Laine, Xavier LeFlaive, Lifeng Li, Annukka Lipponen, Nathanial Matthews, Stuart Orr, James Pittock, Claudia Ringler, Mark Smith, David Tickner, Ulrike von SchlippenbachFrançois Vuille

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Abstract

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) challenge markets, regulators and practitioners to achieve multiple objectives on water, food and energy. This calls for responses that are coordinated and scaled appropriately. Learning from water–energy–food nexus could support much-needed building of links between the separate SDGs. The concept has highlighted how risks manifest when blinkered development and management of water, food and energy reduce resource security across sectors and far-reaching scales. However, three under-studied dimensions of these risks must be better considered in order to identify leverage points for sustainable development: first, externalities and shared risks across multiple scales; second, innovative government mechanisms for shared risks; and third, negotiating the balance between silos, politics and power in addressing shared risks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-16
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent opinion in environmental sustainability
Volume23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016

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