With factors as precarious as climate, failing infrastructure, increased global population, pollution, and excessive groundwater pumping, it is no wonder that the concern for water scarcity has garnered the attention of authorities across many agencies and sectors.
Water scarcity is real. To ignore it, or to assume that it is only a problem of the developing world is to be blind to the errors our egos have cause. We in the Western world waste more water in a day than some families around the world would see in months. Much of what we use water for is to sustain a lifestyle that we largely take for granted.
The nexus concept aims at extending ‘integrated management thinking’, which has been applied with varying success in diverse disciplines and has become especially popular in water resources management.
Africa as a whole is going to face two major problems in the 21st century: food security and adapting to climate change.