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IISD’s work in water-energy-food (WEF) security informs and facilitates decisions related to water, energy and food—three critical aspects of human security.

Our WEF work engages experts from across sectors related to water, energy and food security to identify strong linkages and help prioritize government decision-making for improving two or all three of these key components of sustainable development. IISD provides guidance on implementing WEF approaches in the context of agriculture and mining development, using stakeholder consultations, WEF indicators, watershed modelling and policy research.

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    India's Energy Subsidies Moving in the Right Direction

    India's Energy Subsidies Moving in the Right Direction

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    How IISD Is Contributing to Inclusive, Global Food Security

    How IISD Is Contributing to Inclusive, Global Food Security

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    The End of Coal? What to Watch for at the Upcoming UN Climate Conference (COP24)

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    Hydrologic Information systems (HISs) are systems for measuring, processing, storing and disseminating interlinked aspects of watershed data including the quantity and quality of climate, surface water, and groundwater. This research highlights the crucial role of HISs in the wise management of water resources.

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    Water-Energy-Food Security and Mining in Suriname: A project overview

    Water-Energy-Food Security and Mining in Suriname: A project overview

    Water, energy and food security constitutes critical components of human well-being and includes aspects of supply, demand and access to all three. 

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    Water-Energy-Food Resource Book for Mining

    Water-Energy-Food Resource Book for Mining

    This manual briefly explains IISD’s water-energy and food security framework.

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    WEFsat-Mining Tool User-Guidance Manual: Water, energy and food security analysis tool for mining

    WEFsat-Mining Tool User-Guidance Manual: Water, energy and food security analysis tool for mining

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    Water-Energy-Food Security: What are the potential contributions of the mining industry?

    Water-Energy-Food Security: What are the potential contributions of the mining industry?

    On the event of the 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), the...

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    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...

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