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Chapter 59: Introduction to Part Twelve: The Resource Nexus and its Relevance

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Introduction to Part Twelve: The Resource Nexus and its Relevance
Introduction to Part Twelve: The Resource Nexus and its Relevance
Raimund Bleischwitz
Introduction

The complexity of nature and its interactions with societies is nowadays often discussed under the narrative of the water–energy–food nexus.1 This nexus approach refers to interlinkages among the use of natural resources, illustrated by water needed for both energy and food production. While research about interlinkages has a long tradition in sustainability research (Wichelns, 2017), the ‘nexus’ debate has emerged since 2011 in a couple of conferences and think tank papers. What can be considered new is the balanced approach across key sectors, rather than originating from one specific sector and reaching out to others, and a distinct attempt to grapple with urgent issues ...

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