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

  • Kamel  Amer
  • Zafar Adeel
  • Benno Böer
  • Walid Saleh

Part of the Water Security in a New World book series (WSEC)

About this book


This book investigates the need for a more open and interdisciplinary dialogue on the nexus of food, water and energy security in the Arab region. It argues that achieving sustainable economic development is irretrievably tied to the security of the water–energy–food nexus, which is in turn essential for bringing about sustained peace. Further, it discusses various approaches to achieving these lofty objectives, and offers the following take-away messages:

  • The Arab region is currently under considerable water stress, and the situation will continue to get worse with a number of global changes – most notably those related to climate and regional water distribution.
  • Viable solutions are available in the Arab region and can be implemented through innovative policies, judicious use of new technologies, and stimulating public opinion.
  • Integration across water, energy, and food sectors is obviously needed but achieving it in practice is extremely challenging.
  • There are some gaps in the scientific understanding but at the same time there is a wealth of data and synthesized information that can guide decision-making.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Kamel  Amer
    • 1
  • Zafar Adeel
    • 2
  • Benno Böer
    • 3
  • Walid Saleh
    • 4
  1. 1.Private ConsultantBurlingtonCanada
  2. 2.Pacific Water Research Centre, Faculty of EnvironmentSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada
  3. 3.UNESCO Liaison Office in Addis Abeba with the African Union and UNECAUNESCOAddis AbebaEthiopia
  4. 4.Food and Agriculture Organization of the United NationsSana’aYemen

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-48407-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-48408-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2367-4008
  • Series Online ISSN 2367-4016
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