Exploring Mekong Region Futures
The Mekong Region Futures project is an alliance between AusAID and Australia's CSIRO. It is examining the dynamics between water-, food- and energy-related policy and investment decisions in a transboundary context. It aims to contribute to formal national and regional decision-making in and between these sectors.
The work focuses on the Mekong Region and is comprised of a regional expert team and five case study sites: water exports in the Vientiane plain (Nam Ngum) in Laos, future farming in Isaan (Northeast Thailand), impacts of development on the Tonle Sap in Cambodia, sea level rise and future livelihoods in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, and rubber futures in Yunnan, China.
M-POWER has been involved in conceptualizing the project and is actively participating on regional and national implementation teams, which have responsibility for forging working relationships with key policy-makers and practitioners.
The project investigates possible future trajectories in the energy, food and water nexus in the Mekong Region. ‘Nexus’ is defined as the dynamic interactions between the three sectors as opposed to understanding each sector in isolation. The analysis of this nexus in the context of the Mekong Region is conducted with particular consideration of key drivers like increasing regionalism, cross-border investment flows, climate change, rapid land use change and urbanization.