An Assessment Framework for Integrated Food-Energy-Water Nexus Governance: Application to the Cases of Phoenix and Cape Town

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Abstract

Food-energy-water nexus governance has been promoted as an approach to integrate the management and policy of the three sectors together for coordinated governance. However, there are limited approaches to evaluate, assess, or measure the governance of the food-energy-water nexus. Assessment of the governance process is important to move the concept from conceptualization toward implementation and to understand the specific potential and limits of the nexus governance process. Therefore, this study presents a theoretical framework and associated indicator set to assess urban collaborative food-energy-water nexus governance in practice. This theoretical framework is then applied to two example cases: Phoenix, Arizona, USA and Cape Town, South Africa. The implementation of this framework provides recommended factors needed for improved collaborative FEW nexus governance in cities. These cases showcase the utility of this framework in assessing urban collaborative food-energy-water nexus governance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSociety and Natural Resources
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Collaborative governance
  • assessment
  • food-energy-water nexus
  • integrated resource management
  • natural resource management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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