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      Nexus efficiency of centralized and decentralized models for water management and food production in the region of Alentejo , Portugal

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            The region of Alentejo is characterized for activities like agriculture, forestry and agrofood industries. The main regions for agriculture production and animal husbandry are the areas of holm oaks and cork oaks. Rural settlements are usually clustered in the hills and in compact villages. Due to these factors there is a heterogeneity in the landscape and productive structures in the region, therefore is considered as the food pantry of Portugal.

            General objective • To stress the importance of sustainable water management through decentralized models such as water retention landscape (WRL) as a feasible alternative for regional self-sufficiency and regenerative basis for autonomous water supply and food production. 

            Specific objectives • To assess how the efficiency of centralized and decentralized models of water and food management contributes to the restoration and regeneration of the surface layer of the soil, vegetation cover and other ecosystem services. • To showcase how ecological design is a sustainable long term solution for settlements, both rural and urban, and the livelihood of the inhabitants by allowing free access to clean water and healthy food.

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            To stress the importance of sustainable water management through decentralized models such as water retention landscapeas a feasible alternative for regional self sufficiency and regenerative basis for autonomous water supply and food production

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            ScienceOpen
            25 November 2020
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            [1 ] Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) TH Köln
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            https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5848-4659
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            10.14293/S2199-1006.1.SOR-.PP6HL0R.v1
            287fbd3a-9de8-4d50-a3a6-9957f3de1509

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            : 25 November 2020

            The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
            Agricultural ecology,Agricultural economics & Resource management,Ecology,Agriculture,Cultural studies
            centralized and decentralized models of water and food management contributes,water-food-energy,Nexus,water and food management,SDG 13: Climate Action,SDG 2: Zero Hunger,SDG 15: Life on Land,SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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