Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Sustainability

  • Petra SchneiderEmail author
  • Tamara Avellan
  • Anh Le Hung
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_474


A generally agreed-upon definition of a nexus approach has not yet emerged (Avellan et al. 2017). Conceptually, a nexus describes the linking of multiple resource-use practices and serves to understand interrelations among such practices. In the view of Hoff (2011), the water-energy-food nexus focuses on achieving water, energy, and food security in an emerging green economy. Within that context, the WEF nexus aims to support the respective transition through achieving greater policy coherence and higher resource use efficiency. Through reducing tradeoffs and building synergies, the intentions of the WEF nexus are to increase the security of water, energy, and food, which would result in secure access for all the people (Hoff 2011).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department Water, Environment, Civil Engineering and SafetyUniversity of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-StendalMagdeburgGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)United Nations UniversityDresdenGermany
  3. 3.Institute for Environmental Science, Engineering and ManagementIndustrial University of Ho Chi Minh CityHo Chi Minh CityVietnam

Section editors and affiliations

  • José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade Guerra
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Sustainable Development (Greens)Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (Unisul)FlorianópolisBrazil