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Handbook on Water Security

Handbook on Water Security

Edited by Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Anik Bhaduri and Joyeeta Gupta

Water security has received increasing attention in the scientific and policy community in recent years. This Handbook covers the wide range of perspectives required to understand water security as a concept guiding water governance and management at different levels and in different regions. It reflects on past, present and future challenges to water security and strategies on how to overcome them. An invaluable resource for scientific scholars, it will also appeal policymakers and practitioners interested in a deeper understanding of this important concept.

Chapter 20: Australian water security: a water–food–environment–energy nexus perspective

Marian J. Patrick, Sondoss Elsawah, Isabela Burgher and Anthony J. Jakeman

Subjects: environment, environmental management, water, politics and public policy, environmental politics and policy


Prolonged droughts and increasing uncertainties in water supply due to climate change have brought water security to the forefront of the research and political agenda in Australia. Its water security is primarily undermined by inefficient water use, over-use and over-allocation. In order to address these issues and become more water secure, trade-offs need to be made between and within a number of sectors. Achieving water security necessitates a systemic approach which requires an understanding of the relationships between water, food, energy and the environment. This chapter provides an inter-sectorial perspective on how polices have conceptualised, valued and implemented actions to ensure water security for Australian cities and rural regions.

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