Actions and Mechanisms for addressing Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus in GMS countries from a Transboundary Perspective

Event: Annual Meeting of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Working Group on Agriculture (WGA)
Date: 21-23 June 2022
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This presentation argues that the Food-Water-Energy nexus should not be seen as plot levelel or a local level or a national level issue but it has roots beyond individual countries. Hence, the issue is broadly outside the purview of most stakeholders operating at this level. It demands a robust regional and international cooperation aided by robust decision support systems. On a climate change front, the issue demands greater coordination among GMS countries to coordinate their adaptation plans more than before. The introduction of RE for example in the upstream counties could mean greater use of water that could be depleted for the downstream countries. Given that the upstream countries have a much wider adaptation gap, any adaptation interventions in the upstream should not lead to negative impacts on the downstream countries and communities.