Restoration as a prominent solution to food-energy-water nexus challenges

Mariah McIntosh

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The food-energy-water (FEW) nexus framework considers tradeoffs between food, energy, and water sectors in order to achieve effective, integrated solutions to natural resource challenges. Despite the capacity of restoration to address challenges at the intersection of human and ecological systems, and the acknowledgement of the central importance of ecosystem services to FEW systems, restoration has received little focus as a prominent solution within the FEW nexus framework. Additionally, the FEW nexus framework has not been leveraged in the field of restoration as a way to analyze cross-sector benefits of restoration to human systems. Restoration should be a prominent component of effective solutions to FEW nexus challenges because of its ability to increase and protect ecosystem services and mitigate impacts of FEW systems on ecosystems. Integrating across sectors, disciplines, and landscapes, restoration contributes to solutions that improve human livelihoods and protect ecosystems. Further, the FEW nexus provides an effective framework for analyzing and conveying the benefits of restoration to human communities, helping to promote restoration as a prominent solution to challenges at the nexus of human and natural systems. The objective of this presentation is to clarify the capacity of restoration to address FEW nexus challenges and to address the utility of the FEW nexus for promoting the benefits of restoration for human communities.

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Audio/Video, Conference Presentation, SER2019

Society for Ecological Restoration