Water Security Nexus and Sustainable Development

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Dr. Nidhi Nagabhatla
Senior Researcher and Capacity Building Coordinator
Adjunct Professor, The School of Geography & Earth Sciences (SGES), McMaster University,
United Nations University- Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU INWEH) 204-175 Longwood Road South Hamilton, ON L8P 0A1, CANADA 
Email: nidhi.nagabhatla@unu.edu

Manuscript Topics
Theme: Water Security and Nexus
Introduction of the special issue
Safeguarding water resources for human and environmental needs is one of the major concerns globally. This challenge is aggravated by the volatile geopolitical environment, changes in demography, increasing urbanization and climatic variability, and other drivers associated with globalization. With more than half of the global GDP at stake due to water stress by 2050, the episodes of water driven conflicts, water scarcity and insecurity are expected to increase. Challenges of inter-sectoral water allocation or finding solutions to complexities in transboundary water management; or innovations to alleviate pressures on freshwater ecosystems would need better understanding and to some extent quantification of reasons, trends and impacts of water security and nexus in specific geographical settings, etc. The concept that may offer some foundation is the UN-Water (2013) framework of water security that includes various aspects of the water nexus: drinking water, ecosystems, climate change, water supply for food and energy production, governance, transboundary cooperation, political stability and financing. It is expected that integrated thinking in terms of water security can give decision makers a practical approach to develop / plan effective policies, programs and investments that address all socio-economic aspects, while facilitating the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal SDG6 (“water goal”) and targets. 

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

• Technical and institutional approaches to implement water security
• Policy relevant and science-based tools and indicators for assessing water security
• Drinking Water
• Water and Ecosystems
• Water-Food-Energy Nexus
• Urban Water Security
• Research addressing SDG 6.4 (increasing water-use efficiency and decreasing water stress across all sectors)
• Research addressing SDG 6.5 (implementing integrated water resources management at all levels, including transboundary cooperation)
• Research addressing SDG 6.6 (protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems)
• Research addressing 6B (supporting and strengthening the participation of communities in improving water management)

Paper submission
 All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed before their acceptance for publication.
The deadline for manuscript submission is 30 January  2019.

Instructions for authors
Please submit your manuscript to online submission system

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