Water, energy, land and ecosystems are essential for satisfying basic human needs and development. Access to these resources and their sustainable management are the basis for smart, equitable and sustainable development. Sector policies regarding water, energy, land and ecosystems have deep and consequential relationships. With the world population predicted to reach 9.6 billion people by 2050, with 8.3 billion people living in developing countries it will be required to increase food production by 60% during the next 40 years in order to feed the growing world population. Meanwhile, there is little room for increasing the amount of irrigated water against competitive water demands. This session will examine all four aspects of the Nexus and attempt to uncover the complex nature of the Water, Energy, Ecosystems, Food Nexus. Each aspect of the Nexus will be discussed individually, to contribute to a greater conversation concerning pathways to greater cooperation between sectors.
"Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)
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