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IISD’s work in water-energy-food (WEF) security informs and facilitates decisions related to water, energy and food—three critical aspects of human security.

Our WEF work engages experts from across sectors related to water, energy and food security to identify strong linkages and help prioritize government decision-making for improving two or all three of these key components of sustainable development. IISD provides guidance on implementing WEF approaches in the context of agriculture and mining development, using stakeholder consultations, WEF indicators, watershed modelling and policy research.

  • Blog
    How IISD Is Contributing to Inclusive, Global Food Security

    How IISD Is Contributing to Inclusive, Global Food Security

    We are proud to announce the Canadian Food Security Policy Group (FSPG) recently confirmed IISD as an associate member.

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  • Blog
    The End of Coal? What to Watch for at the Upcoming UN Climate Conference (COP24)

    The End of Coal? What to Watch for at the Upcoming UN Climate Conference (COP24)

    While COP24 was always intended to be a "technical" conference—with parties focused on finalizing the details required to operationalize the Paris Agreement—there is potential for a strong political element to the discussion.

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  • Paper
    Water Quality Monitoring System Design

    Water Quality Monitoring System Design

    Hydrologic Information systems (HISs) are systems for measuring, processing, storing and disseminating interlinked aspects of watershed data including the quantity and quality of climate, surface water, and groundwater. This research highlights the crucial role of HISs in the wise management of water resources.

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    Water-Energy-Food Security and Mining in Suriname: A project overview

    Water-Energy-Food Security and Mining in Suriname: A project overview

    Water, energy and food security constitutes critical components of human well-being and includes aspects of supply, demand and access to all three. 

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  • Paper
    Water-Energy-Food Resource Book for Mining

    Water-Energy-Food Resource Book for Mining

    This manual briefly explains IISD’s water-energy and food security framework.

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    WEFsat-Mining Tool User-Guidance Manual: Water, energy and food security analysis tool for mining

    WEFsat-Mining Tool User-Guidance Manual: Water, energy and food security analysis tool for mining

    Water, energy and food (WEF) security are interlinked and co-dependent components of security and ranked by the World Economic forum as a key...

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    Water-Energy-Food Security: What are the potential contributions of the mining industry?

    Water-Energy-Food Security: What are the potential contributions of the mining industry?

    On the event of the 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), the...

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    Water-Energy-Food for Policymakers: What does it mean?

    Water-Energy-Food for Policymakers: What does it mean?

    In developed and developing countries alike, there is increasing demand for water, energy and food (which combine to form what is called the WEF...

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  • Paper
    Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Agricultural Investment: A sustainable development guidebook

    Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Agricultural Investment: A sustainable development guidebook

    The nexus between water, energy and food (WEF) security is a critical component of human well-being, and billions of dollars are spent annually on...

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    The Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus: Towards A Practical Planning and Decision Support Framework for Landscape Investment and Risk Management

    The Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus: Towards A Practical Planning and Decision Support Framework for Landscape Investment and Risk Management

    In recent decades, researchers and policy-makers have increasingly emphasized the importance of the complex relationships between water, energy and...

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