Water security – The multiform water scarcity 

Author(s): Malin Falkenmark
In: Water security - principles, perspctives and practise
Year: 2013
Type: Book chapter
Theme affiliation: Landscapes
Link to centre authors: Falkenmark, Malin
Full reference: Falkenmark, M. 2013. Water security – The multiform water scarcity. In: Lankford, B., Zeitoun, M. (Eds.) Water security - principles, perspctives and practise. Earthscan Water Text, Routledge


This chapter is part of a book which presents an overview of the latest research, policy, practitioner, academic and international thinking on water security—an issue that, like water governance a few years ago, has developed much policy awareness and momentum with a wide range of stakeholders. As a concept it is open to multiple interpretations, and the authors here set out the various approaches to the topic from different perspectives.

Key themes addressed include:

  • Water security as a foreign policy issue
  • The interconnected variables of water, food, and human security
  • Dimensions other than military and international relations concerns around water security
  • Water security theory and methods, tools and audits.


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