Water-Energy-Food Nexus in a Transboundary River Basin: The Case of Tonle Sap Lake, Mekong River Basin

Marko Keskinen, Paradis Someth, Aura Salmivaara, Matti Kummu

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Abstract

The water-energy-food nexus is promoted as a new approach for research and
policy-making. But what does the nexus mean in practice and what kinds of benefits does it bring? In this article we share our experiences with using a nexus approach in Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake area. We conclude that water, energy and food security are very closely linked, both in the Tonle Sap and in the transboundary Mekong River Basin generally. The current drive for large-scale hydropower threatens water and food security at both local and national scales. Hence, the nexus provides a relevant starting point for promoting sustainable development in the Mekong. We also identify and discuss two parallel dimensions for the nexus, with one focusing on research and analysis and the other on integrated planning and cross-sectoral collaboration. In our study, the nexus approach was particularly useful in facilitating collaboration and stakeholder engagement. This was because the nexus approach clearly defines the main themes included in the process, and at the same time widens the discussion from mere water resource management into the broader aspects of water, energy and food security.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5416-5436
JournalWATER
Volume7
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • climate change
  • cross-sectoral collaboration
  • integrated planning
  • Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
  • ransboundary water-energy-food nexus
  • science–policy–stakeholder interaction
  • transboundary rivers

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    Olli Varis (Guest editor)

    Oct 2014Oct 2016

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    Marko Keskinen (Guest editor)

    Oct 2014Oct 2016

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