Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem Nexus adaptive governance: Enhancing resilience to a complex world
As the Earth enters the Anthropocene, global climate change poses serious challenges to the food-energy-water nexus and ecosystem processes at regional scales through increasing temperatures, decreasing snow cover, and changing precipitation. However, we do not have a good description of the impact pathways, mechanisms of action, and policy mechanisms for the food-energy-water nexus under climate change. New integrated approaches and tools are needed to address the challenges posed by climate change on food-energy-water supply and demand, and to achieve the SDGs successfully. Against this backdrop, we aim to curate a collection of research papers on this pertinent topic. Organizing this relevant theme, we believe it aligns with the scope of Current Research in Environmental Sustainability and will undoubtedly attract high-quality papers from the field.
Water, energy, and food are essential foundational resources for sustainable development, in particular, there are complex feedback relationships with ecosystems. collectively forming the "water-energy-food- ecosystem (WEFE) nexus." The WEFE nexus approach to governance frames linkages between humans and nature as part of a complex system with multi-scale dependencies and interactions, providing insight into multidimensional patterns and processes in the WEFE relational system.
However, the impact of climate change has implications for the supply, demand, and supply-demand relationship of the WEFE nexus. Changes in temperature and precipitation patterns, for example, as well as extreme weather events, can disrupt ecosystems and lead to changes in their ability to provide essential services. This in turn affects the availability and quality of water, energy and food resources, as well as the overall resilience of human societies.
In response, the issue of WEFE nexus under climate change has become a hot issue. New integrated approaches and tools are needed to address the challenges posed by climate change on WEFE nexus, and to achieve the SDGs successfully.
Huimin Wanga,*, Ke Zhangb, Lixiao Zhangc, Weijun Hed, Gang Liua, Dongying Sune
a College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University, 300072, Tianjin, China
b College of Hydrology and Water Resources, Hohai University, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210098, China;
c State Key Joint Laboratory of Environmental Simulation and Pollution Control, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
d College of Economics and Management, China Three Gorges University, Yichang, 443002, China
e School of Management, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, 212013, China