Policy Brief Systems approach to water management - By Rabi Mohtar
10 February 2023
However, given the complexity of the interlinkages of the water sector and other sectors involved, it is imperative that IWRM adapt and evolve taking into consideration factors such as climate change effects and adaptation, the water-energy-food-health nexus, and the current geopolitical and social developments. [...] As an example, even though agriculture is a major user of water, the governance of water for agriculture is outside the mandate of the water sector, and it is conferred to the farming community; this creates incoherence in the decision making. [...] These additional four dimensions involve water at the center of a complex SDGs system, and move away from a unidirectional relationship between water and other resources into a beneficial, mutual relationship among these communities of: water and people, water and food, water and nature, water and industry, water and peace, water and education, water and energy, water and health, water for equity. [...] Mohtar is a Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South and Professor and former Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut, who focuses on Civil and Biological/Agricultural Engineering, Environmental and Ecological Engineering, Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Water Security and Climate Change. [...] About the Policy Center for the New South The Policy Center for the New South (PCNS) is a Moroccan think tank aiming to contribute to the improvement of economic and social public policies that challenge Morocco and the rest of Africa as integral parts of the global South.