Environmental livelihood security refers to the challenges of maintaining global food security and universal access to freshwater and energy to sustain livelihoods and promote inclusive economic growth, whilst sustaining key environmental systems functionality, particularly under variable climatic regimes. 

How do we assess ELS? Using a water-energy-food framework which explicitly incorporates the dimension of livelihoods:

Read more in our paper “Sustainable development and the water–energy–food nexus: A perspective on livelihoods.

How do I understand what this means in reality? View our easy to interpret infographics:

Interested to know more about how the concept was derived? Read our full white paper which reviews the background literature for integrating sustainable livelihoods and the water-energy-food nexus.

What about geospatial information? We undertook some initial research into how we can use this for assessing ELS. See the project PACE-Net Report for more details (pages 21-28). You can also read our review paper on using geographic information and communication technologies for supporting smallholder agriculture and climate resilience.