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The water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins

UNECE publishes methodology for assessing the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins.
Understanding the interactions between water, food, energy and water-related ecosystems in river basins can be vital in ensuring different and often competing needs are met in a coherent manner. This is even more important in transboundary basins, where identifying intersectoral synergies and mutually beneficial solutions can help in reducing trade-offs and potential conflicts, not only across sectors, but also across borders, and support the decision-making process to enhance sustainability.

UNECE recently published a synthesis publication, that  covers lessons on interlinkages, trade-offs and benefits in managing water, energy and land/agriculture, as well as on protecting the environment derived from several transboundary river basins in Southern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and one aquifer system in North Africa.

  • The methodology synthesis publication is available here.
  • A summary brochure is available here.