Better water, better jobs – a research selection for #WorldWaterDay

12 papers on “water and jobs” are freely available on ScienceDirect

Female workers planting rice (Photo © Guenter Guni via iStock)The availability, safety and sustainable management of water are essential factors for the health and well-being of the human population.

Today, March 22, is UN World Water Day – a day to celebrate water and an opportunity to inform people, create awareness, inspire action and trigger innovation.

As the UN’s website declares:

This year, the theme ‘water and jobs’ highlights how enough quantity and quality of water can change people's jobs and lives and aims to create recognition for those working with water and the need to transition to decent jobs.

This theme touches on a number of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals: No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Clean Water and Sanitation, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Responsible Consumption and Production and Life Below Water.

To mark this occasion, we have selected 12 papers from Elsevier-published journals on the theme of water and jobs, free to access on ScienceDirect until March 18, 2017. These papers highlight the importance of the security, provision and sanitation of water on livelihoods, trade and industry – from agriculture to fisheries to the water-energy-food nexus.

Koupela, Burkina Faso: Women fill and transport water bottles in a lake to irrigate crops. (Photo © Gilles_Paire via iStock)

The effect of inter-annual variability of consumption, production, trade and climate on crop-related green and blue water footprints and inter-regional virtual water trade: A study for China (1978–2008)
Water Research (May 2016)
La Zhuo, Mesfin M. Mekonnen, Arjen Y. Hoekstra

Agricultural water management and livelihoods in the crop–livestock systems of the Volta Basin
Water Resources and Rural Development (November 2015)
S. Douxchamps, A. Ayantunde, E.K. Panyan, K. Ouattara, A. Kaboré, N. Karbo, B. Sawadogo

Applying stakeholder Delphi techniques for planning sustainable use of aquatic resources: experiences from upland China, India and Vietnam
Sustainability of Water Quality and Ecology (October 2014)
Søren Lund, Gary T. Banta, Stuart W. Bunting

Industrialized watersheds have elevated risk and limited opportunities to mitigate risk through water trading
Water Resources and Industry (September 2015)
Sheila M.W. Reddy, Robert I. McDonald, Alexander S. Maas, Anthony Rogers, Evan H. Girvetz, Jennifer Molnar, Tim Finley, Gená Leathers, Johnathan L. DiMuro

Financial viability of groundwater irrigation and its impact on livelihoods of smallholder farmers: The case of eastern Ethiopia
Water Resources and Economics (September 2014)
Fitsum Hagos, Kassahun Mamo

Rural livelihoods and environmental resource dependence in Cambodia
Ecological Economics (December 2015)
Trung Thanh Nguyen, Truong Lam Do, Dorothee Bühler, Rebecca Hartje, Ulrike Grote

Evaluating the effectiveness of water infrastructures for increasing groundwater recharge and agricultural production – A case study of Gujarat, India
Agricultural Water Management (August 2015)
Pennan Chinnasamy, Gourav Misra, Tushaar Shah, Basant Maheshwari, Sanmugam Prathapar

Monitoring socio-environmental change for sustainable development: Developing a Multidimensional Livelihoods Index (MLI)
Applied Geography (August 2015)
Caroline Donohue, Eloise Biggs

Sustainable development and the water–energy–food nexus: A perspective on livelihoods
Environmental Science & Policy (December 2015)
Eloise M. Biggs, Eleanor Bruce, Bryan Boruff, John M.A. Duncan, Julia Horsley, Natasha Pauli, Kellie McNeill, Andreas Neef, Floris Van Ogtrop, Jayne Curnow, Billy Haworth, Stephanie Duce, Yukihiro Imanari

Fisheries as a way of life: Gendered livelihoods, identities and perspectives of artisanal fisheries in eastern Brazil
Marine Policy (December 2015)
Anna N. Santos

Island livelihoods: Tourism and fishing at Long Islands, Shandong Province, China
Ocean & Coastal Management (March 2016)
Ming Ming Su, Geoffrey Wall, Min Jin

Changes to processes in estuaries and coastal waters due to intense multiple pressures – An introduction and synthesis
Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (April 2015)
Steven B. Mitchell, Tim C. Jennerjahn, Salvatrice Vizzini, Weiguo Zhang

For more articles and special issues of Elsevier journals on this topic, search using keywords on ScienceDirect.

Elsevier Connect Contributors

Marco CasolaMelanie ThomsonMarco Casola is Managing Editor for the journal Water Research at Elsevier and works on a number of other Elsevier water resources journals affiliated with the International Water Association. He holds a Master Degree in Industrial Biotechnology. He is based in Amsterdam.

Melanie Thomson is a Senior Marketing Communications Manager at Elsevier with responsibility for a team of Marketing Communication Managers covering Energy, Earth and Environmental Science Journals. Mel has worked in STM journals marketing for 15 years and has earned Chartered Marketer status and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). She is based in Oxford.

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