Sustainable WEF Nexus Management: A Conceptual Framework to Integrate Models of Social, Economic, Policy and Institutional Developments
Phoebe Koundouri (),
Nikolaos Englezos (),
Caroline van Bers,
Geeske Scholz and
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No 2107, DEOS Working Papers from Athens University of Economics and Business
Despite being host to an extensive amount of natural resources, Africa is experiencing the acute impacts of a population explosion, rapid economic growth and climate change; all exacerbated by poor management. This has taken its toll on precious resources, water in particular, driving the need for innovative tools to support integrated WEF nexus management. This paper presents a framework for the integrated management of water resources, which brings together the socio-anthropological aspects of the WEF nexus under for separate models. The developed framework provides insight into the human element as part of the wider ecosystem; in terms of socio-cultural and economic activity, the laws and policies that govern these activities as well as the potential impacts and consequences of said activities. This paper outlines each individual model, before going on to present a conceptual framework for integrating the various models. The framework, which is grounded in systems thinking, adopts the principles of sustainable development as structural foci in order to position the various models and harmonize their inputs as well as outputs.
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