A barrier is defined as something that impedes or separates. In the context of the Resource Nexus, a barrier is a circumstance that obstructs the progress and implementation of a Nexus Approach – a holistic consideration of natural resource management, and the interconnections between natural, institutional, and social capital. The multifaceted nature of the Resource Nexus can result in barriers to its understanding and implementation.
To apply the Resource Nexus efficiently, effective communication and engagement across academia, policymakers, and stakeholders are required, as well as the provision of institutional and financial capacity, and a thorough understanding of the complexity of these systems.
The overarching goal of this theme is to identify and address the challenges in implementing the Resource Nexus under different social, economic, political, technical, and environmental contexts, and to strengthen understanding of its complexity – thereby advancing meaningful and comprehensive Resource Nexus-related research, towards:
This theme addresses potential challenges in the Resource Nexus that encompasses all relevant environmental resources, including water, soil, waste, energy, and other geo-resources, as well as biodiversity. It also encompasses all fluxes, material and intellectual, relevant to the Resource Nexus.