Integrated Approach for Sustainable WEF Nexus Management: An African Case
Phoebe Koundouri () and
Conrad Landis ()
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Ebun Akinsete: ICRE8
Conrad Landis: AUEB
No 2115, DEOS Working Papers from Athens University of Economics and Business
In today's world, rising populations and growing economies have led to an ever-increasing demand for water; for domestic, industrial and agricultural purposes. This water stress is more acutely felt in the global south which is experiencing a much more rapid rate of development than the rest of the world. Africa in particular, is the fastest growing region of the globe as it undergoes a population explosion and an economic boom. In addition, the region is also one of the most vulnerable in terms of adverse impacts of climate change; sea-level rise, flooding, and drought. This perfect storm of water-related demands and constraints, places the continent in dire need of efficient approaches to water-resource management. Specifically, holistic approaches which consider the delicate balance of trade-offs between the use of water for domestic purposes, energy production and agricultural activities. This chapter examines the WEF-Nexus from an African perspective, presenting the WEF-Nexus approach as a key driver for Sustainable Development in the region. Drawing from research carried out as part of the EU Horizon 2020-funded DAFNE project, the chapter goes on to present an innovative framework for the integrated management of water resources, which takes into consideration the environmental, economic, socio-cultural, legal and policy dimensions of the WEF-Nexus.
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