Water-Energy-Food for Policymakers: What does it mean?
In developed and developing countries alike, there is increasing demand for water, energy and food (which combine to form what is called the WEF nexus).
The growing demand for these three essentials, combined with the realization that many traditional approaches to satisfying this demand are unsustainable (i.e., they result in groundwater depletion, nutrient loading to waterways, climate change, etc.), is requiring society to find smarter and more integrated ways to provide these fundamentals.
In Canada, IISD is designing and implementing WEF-inspired watershed-based management that realizes the multiple benefits of well-managed landscapes. Building on its expertise and knowledge of watershed-based ecosystem services, IISD combines principles of ecological design, stakeholder consultation, watershed modelling and policy research to develop practical solutions for WEF in the context of development interventions, including those related to agriculture and mining. In multiple countries, IISD is working with partners to identify, quantify, monitor and manage key natural, social, economic and social components of WEF security.
Two examples given in this brochure of IISD’s engagement with WEF security include its work developing cattail-based value chains in the Lake Winnipeg watershed (Canada) and working with stakeholders in Suriname to help them understand and improve WEF in the context of mining.
You might also be interested in
Way to Go Winnipeggers
Winnipeg is getting even closer to increasing the protection of Lake Winnipeg from harmful algal blooms. And it's thanks to Winnipeggers of all stripes!
Large Area Planning in the Nelson-Churchill River Basin (NCRB): Laying a foundation in northern Manitoba (Summary)
This document summarizes a longer report that explores two trends—the growing tendency towards large basin management and consideration of ecosystem services in decision making—for the northern portion of the Nelson-Churchill River Basin in Canada.
Large Area Planning in the Nelson-Churchill River Basin (NCRB): Laying a foundation in northern Manitoba
This report explores two trends—the growing tendency towards large basin management and consideration of ecosystem services in decision making—for the northern portion of the Nelson-Churchill River Basin in Canada.
Peatland Mining in Manitoba’s Interlake: Cumulative impacts analysis focusing on potential nutrient loading and greenhouse gas emissions
Peat has been mined in Manitoba for over 70 years and currently represents approximately 13 per cent of Canada’s horticulture peat production.Manitoba peat mining is potentially expanding in Manitoba’s Interlake, and this report quantifies the implications of this expansion for Lake Winnipeg…