Managing the Water-Energy-Land-Food Nexus in Korea: Policies and governance options

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December 2018

The report Managing the Water-Energy-Land-Food Nexus in Korea: Policies and governance options assesses the key bottlenecks within the water-energy-land-food nexus in Korea and proposes policy recommendations and governance arrangements to future-proof environmental integrity and enhance sustainable growth.  A result of the national policy dialogue this report explores the best practices from the wider international community to better manage the nexus at the river basin scale. 

The report is structured in four chapters: 

  • Chapter I involves the characterization of the Water-Energy-Land-Food Nexus in Korea. This chapter discusses the key pressures on the nexus- now and in the future- and the capacity of policies and governance arrangements to respond. 
  • Chapter II illustrates the management of water for the Water-Energy-Land-Food nexus in Korea. This chapter reviews policies and institutional arrangements to manage water quantity and quality in Korea. 
  • Chapter III describes the possibilities to move towards policy coherence and sustainable management of the Water-Energy-Land-Food nexus in Korea. This chapter provides a rationale for improved planning against future water-related risks, independent regulation, and other policy instruments to support the sustainable management of the WELF nexus. 
  •  Chapter IV explains effective water governance for the sustainable management of the Water-Energy-Land-Food nexus in Korea. This chapter reviews current water governance arrangements in Korea and provides ways forward to advance basin-level governance and stakeholder engagement. 

The Assessment and Recommendations present the main findings and set out the recommendations and an action plan to help Korea make further progress towards aligning water policies, practices and governance arrangements for sustainable management of the WELF nexus. 

Countries: 
Republic of Korea
Sectors: 
Water