If the world is going to reduce hunger and eradicate poverty in a sustainable way we have to achieve security for water, food and energy simultaneously. The Danish Ministry of Environment – Nature Agency was aware of this and was therefore studying the water-food-energy nexus. To support the Danish Ministry of Environment – Nature Agency in their efforts a background document on the water-food-energy nexus was written.
The time that water challenges could be addressed in isolation has past. Trends as population growth and economic development are increasing the demand for water, food, and energy. In addition the impact of climate change will have huge consequences on water and food availability. If we fail to move to a more sustainable use of our natural resources the social and economic consequences will be enormous.
It is clear that there is no place in our interlinked world for isolated solutions aimed at just one sector. If the world is going to reduce hunger and eradicate poverty in a sustainable way we have to achieve security for water, food and energy simultaneously. In such an effort water will be the medium by which we should address this nexus.
This widening water agenda requires an approach addressing issues between sectors, countries, regions, and stakeholders where it is important to identify and name the most important barriers and obstacles and to exploit opportunities. Such a new water agenda must involve the private sector under governmental set principles to ensure a green economy where water will play the interlinked topic.
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Water-Food-Energy Nexus: Towards a widening of the water agenda