Not Another Nexus? Critical Thinking on the New Security Convergence in Energy, Food, Climate and Water

STEPS Working Paper 75 by Shilpi Srivastava and Lyla Mehta Download this paper (PDF) In recent years, the notion of the nexus has gained immense traction in the domain of natural resource governance. It has captured high interest across academic, policy and popular debates, and has become the defining vocabulary to understand the interlinkages between…

India’s Risks: Democratizing the Management of Threats to Environment, Health, and Values

A prospective superpower, India is still grappling with a host of risks that threaten to hamper its progress. These range from environmental threats caused by GM crops and pollution; dangers to health from HIV/AIDS and maternal mortality; safety concerns about natural hazards, nuclear power, and industrial disasters; and challenges to livelihoods and values. Some of…

Special issue: Water grabbing? Focus on the (re)appropriation of finite water resources

Special issue of the journal Water Alternatives, edited by Lyla Mehta, Gert Jan Veldwisch and Jennifer Franco Recent large-scale land acquisitions for agricultural production (including biofuels), popularly known as ‘land grabbing’, have attracted headline attention. Water as both a target and driver of this phenomenon has been largely ignored despite the interconnectedness of water and land….

Community-based Natural Resource Management in South Asia

NGOs today, as part of civil society, have come to play a prominent role in South Asia in the context of community-based natural resource management (CBNRM). This book examines the theory and practice of NGO-driven CBNRM within the framework of emerging critiques of dominant discourses of development, the micro-politics of decentralisation and the projection of…

Managing complex adaptive systems – A co-evolutionary perspective on natural resource management

The overexploitation of natural resources and the increasing number of social conflicts following from their unsustainable use point to a wide gap between the objectives of sustainability and current resource management practices. One of the reasons for the difficulties to close this gap is that for evolving complex systems like natural and socio-economic systems, sustainability…