ESCWA Water Development Report 6

The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus in the Arab Region

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This sixth issue of the ESCWA Water Development Report offers an analytical framework and a series of case studies for understanding the water-energy-food security nexus in the Arab region. The analytical framework considers the inter-linkages that affect the achievement of water security, energy security and food security through the lens of sustainable development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals with a view to climate change and ensuring access to food, water and sustainable energy for all through a human rights approach to sustainable development.



Energy and water interdependencies for improved services

This chapter further explores the interdependencies of energy and water in the light of energy endowment differences in the region, affecting sustainable development goals in general and services delivery in particular, and proposes the nexus approach to foster greater efficiency and technological innovation in the energy sector. The dependency on desalination is examined through the available technologies and efficiencies. Alternative energy sources including nuclear energy are considered within a nexus framework in order to evaluate each source and its interlinkages with other natural resources.


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