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Understanding South Africa's most urgent sustainability challenge



Posted on 01 April 2014
Understanding South Africa's most urgent sustainability challenge
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Food, water and energy security form the basis of a self-sufficient economy, but as a water-scarce country with little arable land and a dependence on oil imports, South Africa's economy is testing the limits of its resource constraints. WWF believes that a possible crisis in any of the three systems will directly affect the other two and that such a crisis may be imminent as the era of inexpensive food draws to a close.

The Food, Energy, Water Nexus is central to the sustainability of South Africa's future. Effectively averting a crisis requires enhanced information, coordinated planning and adaptation to a resource-scarce future. A flourishing economy underpinned by resilient ecosystems that can produce sufficient water, energy and food security for all into the future, depends on it.

With funding from the British High Commission, WWF established a research programme exploring the complex relationship between food, energy and water systems from the perspective of a sustainable and secure future for the country. This report is the final report on the Food Energy Water Nexus Study. It draws on the papers commissioned in this study, the interviews conducted as part of the research process and the insights received at workshops organised under the study.







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