The increasing awareness of the water-energy nexus issues in the policy domain has also triggered a greater response and attention in the scientific and research community. This is because the challenges of understanding and implementing the nexus policies are further complicated by gaps in the related scientific evidence and technological developments. In particular, there is minimal evidence, or even an established methodology, for determining the tradeoffs and synergistic benefits for combined water-energy planning at the national level, or for considering the obviously tremendous potential to conserve resources, sustain ecosystem services and to contribute to improvements in human wellbeing.
Research and technological innovations have traditionally focused on narrower sector-driven mandates, in part because there has been limited incentive to initiate and pursue more integrated research across sectoral domains. Conversely, some existing research does relate to barriers that exist between the water and energy domains. While it is intuitively evident that an increased level of collaboration and coordination between the scientific and professional communities in the water and energy domains would produce favourable outcomes, we need to provide solid and evidence-based arguments for achieving this.
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