Clean water, modern energy service, and sufficient food supplies are fundamental for reducing poverty and moving towards more sustainable development. Due to their uneven geographical distribution, the natural resources needed to provide these services are often scarce and factors such as climate change put additional pressure on regional and local availability. But resource availability is only one aspect; even more critical is resource accessibility and affordability for all sections of the population.
In the article "Energising the WEF nexus to enhance sustainable development at local level" the authors provide initial insights into how to identify interconnections and potential benefits of integrating the nexus pillars into local level projects in the global south. The study identifies the complex links which exist between sustainable energy projects, the food and water sectors, and highlights that these needs are currently not systematically integrated into project design or project evaluation. A more systematic approach, integrating the water and food pillars into energy planning at local level in the global south, is recommended to avoid trade-offs and enhance the development outcomes and impacts of energy projects.
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