Making the Water–Soil–Waste Nexus Work: Framing the Boundaries of Resource Flows

Avellán, Tamara, Roidt, Mario, Emmer, Adam, von Koerber, Janis, Schneider, Petra and Raber, Wolf, (2017). Making the Water–Soil–Waste Nexus Work: Framing the Boundaries of Resource Flows. Sustainability, 9(10), 1-17

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    Author Avellán, Tamara
    Roidt, Mario
    Emmer, Adam
    von Koerber, Janis
    Schneider, Petra
    Raber, Wolf
    Title Making the Water–Soil–Waste Nexus Work: Framing the Boundaries of Resource Flows
    Appearing in Sustainability
    Volume 9
    Issue No. 10
    Publication Date 2017-10-19
    Place of Publication Basel
    Publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
    Start page 1
    End page 17
    Language eng
    Abstract The Sustainable Development Goals have placed integrated resources management, such as integrated water resource management, at the heart of their targets. The upcoming “International Decade for Action—Water for Sustainable Development”, 2018–2028 has highlighted the importance of promoting efficient water usage at all levels, taking into account the water, food, energy, and environmental nexus. While integrated resource management approaches have been defined and applied for decades, nexus approaches are more recent. For these latter approaches to be implemented on the ground, their system boundaries need to be clarified. While the Water–Energy–Food Nexus focuses on sectors, the Water–Soil–Waste Nexus addresses linkages between environmental resources—namely water, soil and waste—to tackle sustainable management. In this paper, we analyzed integrated management systems and how their system boundaries are defined. From this we determined that in order for system boundaries to be applicable, they should be clear, wide and flexible. Based on this, we propose the boundary of the Water–Soil–Waste Nexus system. We use two case studies to exemplify the usefulness of these system boundaries.
    Keyword Integrated water resources management
    Integrated natural resources management
    Integrated solid waste management
    Water–Energy–Food Nexus
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2017
    Copyright type Creative commons
    DOI 10.3390/su9101881
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