3rd Sep 2014
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has published a technical paper highlighting the benefits of cooperation and the role of river and aquifer basin organisations in managing transboundary basins. The publication, entitled Cooperation for Water, Energy and Food Security in Transboundary Basins under Changing Climate, is based on the International Conference of the same name held in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam from 2-3 April 2014. It is a collection of case studies and the views shared by international experts and participants on three key issues: sustainable development, climate change adaptation in a transboundary context and benefits of cooperation.
The publication was introduced at the 24th World Water Week, in Stockholm, Sweden on 2 September 2014 by Hans Guttman, Chief Executive Officer of the MRC Secretariat and Fritz Holzwarth, one of its authors and formerly Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany. The document stresses that the interconnection between water, energy and food security requires integrated planning, policy and management, and that the nexus approach provides a useful policy framework for development that involves stakeholders from multiple sectors across boundaries.
Through it the MRC aims to deliver the key messages of the conference to a wider audience and offer an important reference on the current global thinking around the interconnection between these sectors.
The publication is available for download here