SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2023, Vol. 43 ›› Issue (8): 1442-1450.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2023.08.013

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Progress and prospect of water-energy-food nexus in the transboundary river basins

Xu Ziyue1,2(), Ma Kai1,2, Yuan Xu1,2, He Daming1,2,*(), Su Yan1,2   

  1. 1. Yunnan Key Laboratory of International Rivers and Transboundary Eco-Security, Kunming 650091, Yunnan, China
    2. Institute of International Rivers and Eco-Security, Yunnan University, Kunming 650091, Yunnan, China
  • Received:2022-03-10 Revised:2022-06-21 Online:2023-08-20 Published:2023-08-30
  • Contact: He Daming;
  • Supported by:
    National Key Research and Development Program of China(2016YFA0601600)


In the context of transboundary river basins, the water-energy-food nexus is of great significance for water security and ecological security, as well as for maintaining the geopolitical security and sustainable development of transboundary countries. The present study systematically reviewed the frontier progress of the water-energy-food nexus research in the transboundary river basins. These studies can be grouped into four categories: research on the internal core nexus, research on the nexus between coupling internal and external systems, research on the nexus of response measures caused by future uncertainty, and research on transboundary cooperation considered water benefit sharing. We recognize the types, characteristics, and challenges of current quantitative assessment methods, and point out the future development trends from the perspective of actual needs of transboundary basins, i.e., promoting information sharing and data mining, revealing the coupling and feedback mechanism of the water-energy-food nexus, enhancing the development and application of quantitative assessment model of the water-energy-food nexus, strengthening the researches on future uncertainty of the water-energy-food nexus, and promoting multi-stakeholder cooperation. This review will facilitate the rational development and utilization of water resources in the transboundary river basins and realize deeper international cooperation.

Key words: transboundary basins, water-energy-food, nexus, transboundary coorperation, global change

CLC Number: 

  • TV212.3