Integrating Health Impacts and Policy Considerations into Food-Energy-Water Systems

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Elise Harrington, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Andrea Lund, Stanford University


We propose to incorporate health outcomes into assessments of the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus and to develop actionable resources that promote more effective decision making. We will conduct a longitudinal analysis of a specific region—the Senegal River Basin—placing particular emphasis on trade-offs identified in policy documents and decisions affecting the FEW nexus during the planning and management phases of large dam projects. We will assess changes in social and environmental priorities using a historical analysis of environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and other published documents. We will identify what past assessment tools have (and have not) captured with respect to health goals and FEW management. Based on available data, we will assess trade-offs among downstream water availability, hydropower production, agricultural productivity, and public health outcomes using the Water Evaluation and Planning System (WEAP) model. Findings from the historical analysis and modeling will be translated into decision-making tools for water agencies.


Tamee Albrecht, University of Arizona
Tejasvi Hora, University of Waterloo
Shefali Khanna, Harvard University
Rebecca Wall, Stanford University
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