The authors emphasize the complex and interwoven relationships between different sectors, in particular agriculture, water, energy, and the environment, and promote the use of systems thinking using both top-down and context-specific approaches to the development of sustainable development goals (SDGs).
22 June 2012: Researchers from the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) have published an article, titled “Managing the Water-Land-Energy Nexus for Sustainable Development,” arguing that systemic thinking and integrated solutions are needed to successfully develop and implement sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the follow-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) .
The authors stress the strong links between different sectors, such as agriculture, water, energy, and the environment, and the importance of recognizing the interactions and feedback among natural boundaries and among SDGs, as well as between natural boundaries and SDGs. While encouraging the use of top-down models, the authors also caution that a bottom-up and context-specific approach to the SDGs is necessary to ensure context appropriateness of interventions and policy. [SEI Press Release] [Publication: Managing the Water-Land-Energy Nexus for Sustainable Development]