Edited by Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Anik Bhaduri and Joyeeta Gupta
Chapter 20: Australian water security: a water–food–environment–energy nexus perspective
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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