The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has released a Nexus POSTnote for parliamentarians.
The POSTnote summarises understandings of the interactions between water, energy and food production and examines how nexus approaches can be used to inform policy decisions.
Key points include
- A nexus assessment seeks to describe the interactions of water, food, energy, environmental and social systems to identify the interdependencies and trade-offs between these systems.
- Failure to take account of interactions and trade-offs creates vulnerabilities to shocks, such as extreme weather events, which can have cascading impacts across systems.
- There are no set methods for undertaking nexus assessments, but key aspects involve understanding the interactions between systems and people.
- Awareness of interactions and trade-offs is necessary, but addressing them also requires an understanding of the social, political and environmental context.
Download the full POSTnote.