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For a Special Issue on
Contributions to the Water Energy Food Nexus

Manuscript deadline
31 December 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Prof. Philippe Gourbesville, Université Côte d’Azur, France
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Prof. Firdaus Ali, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
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Prof. Mukand Singh Babel, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
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Prof. Dedi Liu, State key Laboratory of Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering Science, Wuhan University, China
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Prof. Ranya Aly Amer, City of Scientific Research and Technology Applications (SRTA-City), Alexandria, Egypt
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Contributions to the Water Energy Food Nexus

Water, Energy and Food are essential for human well-being, poverty reduction and sustainable development. Global projections indicate that demand for freshwater, energy and food will increase significantly over the next decades under the pressure of population growth and mobility, economic development, international trade, urbanization, diversifying diets, cultural and technological changes, and climate change. Agriculture accounts for 70% of total global freshwater withdrawals, making it the largest user of water. Water is used for agricultural production, forestry and fishery, along the entire agri-food supply chain, and it is used to produce or transport energy in different forms. At the same time, the food production and supply chain consume about 30 percent of total energy consumed globally. Energy is required to produce, transport, and distribute food as well as to extract, pump, lift, collect, transport and treat water. Cities, industry, and other users, too, claim increasingly more water, energy and land resources, and at the same time, face problems of environmental degradation and in some cases, resources scarcity. According to FAO analysis, this situation is expected to be exacerbated in the near future as 60% more food will need to be produced in order to feed a world population expected to reach 9 billion people in 2050. Total global water withdrawals for irrigation are projected to increase by 10 percent by 2050. In this context, the Water-Energy-Food Nexus has emerged as a useful concept to describe and address the complex and interrelated nature of the global resource systems, on which modern societies depend to achieve different social, economic and environmental goals. In practical terms, it presents a conceptual approach to better understand and systematically analyze the interactions between the natural environment and human activities, and to work towards a more coordinated management and use of natural resources across sectors and scales. This can help to identify and manage trade-offs and to build synergies through responses, allowing for more integrated and cost-effective planning, decision-making, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Over the last decade, many projects have been engaged around the WEF nexus and innovative solutions have emerged and significant results have been obtained in many sectors such as low-cost irrigation management solutions, reduced energy consumption for water supply services or multi processes energy production with reservoirs. Within the perspective of the World Water Day 2023, the aim of the special issue is to present the state of the art of the most recent developments about the WEF nexus through international case studies to bring together theory and practice. Authors are invited to submit papers under the following themes:

  • Advanced systems for water resources management in competing uses situations
  • Water resources allocation mechanisms
  • Water resources and irrigation systems management
  • Advanced methods for irrigation optimization and control
  • Smart irrigation solutions
  • Drinking water supply networks and energy management
  • Water and wastewater treatment and energy management
  • Multi purposes reservoirs management
  • Energy production with water supply networks and wastewater treatment
  • Innovative water energy production solutions (such as hydropower + solar energy) for energy grids
  • Small hydropower solutions for local communities

Obviously, this list is indicative, and authors are welcome to submit their results on any innovative aspect of the WEF nexus.

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