Water–Energy Nexus: Addressing Stakeholder Preferences in Jordan

Komendantova, N. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2568-6179, Marashdeh, L., Ekenberg, L. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0665-1889, Danielson, M., Dettner, F., Hilpert, S., Wingenbach, C., Hassouneh, K., et al. (2020). Water–Energy Nexus: Addressing Stakeholder Preferences in Jordan. Sustainability 12 (15) e6168.

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The water and energy sectors are fundamentally linked. In Jordan, especially in the face of a changing climate, the water–energy nexus holds a number of challenges but also opportunities. A key point in exploring synergies is the identification of such, as well as the communication between the water and energy sectors. This paper promotes the importance of using a co-creative approach to help resolve opposing views and assessing stakeholder preferences in the context of the water–energy nexus in Jordan. A computer-supported, co-creative approach was used to evaluate stakeholder preferences and opinions on criteria and future scenarios for the energy and water sector in Jordan, identifying common difficulties and possibilities. The criteria describe socio-ecological aspects as well as techno-economic aspects for both systems. Discussing a set of preliminary scenarios describing possible energy and water futures ranked under a set of sector relevant criteria, a consensus between both stakeholder groups is reached. The robustness of results is determined, using a second-order probabilistic approach. The results indicate that there are no fundamental conflicts between the energy and water stakeholder groups. Applying a participatory multi-stakeholder, multi-criteria framework to the energy-water nexus case in Jordan promotes a clear understanding of where different stakeholder groups stand. This understanding and agreement can form the basis of a joint water–energy nexus policy used in the continued negotiation process between and within national and international cooperation, as well as promoting and developing acceptable suggestions to solve complex problems for both sectors.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: water–energy nexus; Jordan; energy policy; multi-criteria decision analysis; participatory governance and co-creation; compromise-oriented policy solutions
Research Programs: Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA)
Risk & Resilience (RISK)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2020 10:00
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:33
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/16605

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