Working with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the MUSP Nexus Futures Program advances sustainable economic development and reinforces regional integration in the Mekong region. Using an inclusive process with key stakeholders from Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Viet Nam, the program works to create a water, food, energy, and environment nexus assessment of the Sesan, Srepok, and Sekong Rivers. The program builds capacities within these rivers and shares results throughout the region of both the process and the data.
Nexus supports planning that factors in linkages among energy, water, and food to advance economic growth while promoting sustainable practices and policies that improve the lives of people and protect the environment. To corroborate sustainability efforts, Nexus helps to approach problems in a dynamic, adaptive, process rather than a fixed set of solutions. Nexus planning promotes long-term, holistic management and the development of resources for economic, social, and environmental benefits. Nexus planning also recognizes resource constraints and the growing interdependencies among water, food, energy, and the environment. Implementing Nexus solutions requires action at multiple levels to incentivize integrated planning through improvement of management, strengthening governance, establishing safeguards, and financial development.