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Transboundary Approach

04 May 12

Mekong2Rio Conference ends in Thailand

Water, energy and food security nexus high on the agenda

From 1-3 May 2012, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) convened the “Mekong2Rio – International Conference on Transboundary River Basin Management”, hosted by the Royal Thai Government, in Phuket, Thailand.

The objective of the Conference was to address “the transboundary dimension of the water, energy and food security nexus, with particular emphasis on the challenges that rapid human-made developments and environmental change pose to the sustainable management of transboundary river basins”. In addressing this objective, the Conference recognized and built on the outcome of the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference, highlighting the interconnectivity of the decisions taken in one sector on another.

A wide range of stakeholders from local, national and international settings world-wide were represented among the more than 350 participants, including 14 transboundary river basins from six continents of the World, two regional economic communities, and 16 international organisations who contributed to the Conference as Sponsoring Partners.


Website of the Mekong River Commission

Related Resources


Mekong2Rio Message

Message from the International Conference on Transboundary River Basin Management, Phuket, 1-3 May 2012

Related Events

01–03 May 12


Mekong2Rio will be an important contribution to the transboundary water resources management dimension to Rio+20. The NEXUS perspective is an important part in this process.

Related Media Coverage

07 May 12


In December the Mekong River Commission (MRC), an intergovernmental body made up of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, called again for approval of a potentially devastating dam at Xayaburi in northern Laos to be withheld until more is known about its effect on the lower Mekong. But now CH. Karnchang, a Thai construction giant contracted to build a $3.8 billion dam at Xayaburi has told the Bangkok Stock Exchange that dam construction officially began on March 15th, and that 5,000 workers have just been hired.

Further Reading

12 Dec 13

Shell Ideas360 is a global competition organised by Shell International Limited for students to develop game-changing ideas for tackling Energy, Water and Food issues. Until 16 Dec 2013, students can register and participate as an individual or as part of a team of up to three people. The target is to develop an innovative idea related to Energy, Water or Food.

01 Sep 11

The Bonn2011 Nexus Conference was a key focal point of the World Water Week 2011 in Stockholm

29 Feb 12

The Conference Synopsis is now available

NEXUS in the Media

15 May 12

Rural 21

Prior to the much anticipated Rio + 20 Conference of sustainable development; about 300 participants were invited to the River Basin Management conference in Thailand. Agreed upon among other key areas of discussion, was that water uses must meet the food, energy and water needs of the population and that a nexus approach is needed.

05 Jun 12

Water for Food

Humanity is in a “race against time” to produce enough food to feed itself, hampered by a false sense of comfort that set in over the last few decades when food supplies generally outpaced demand, said a University of Nebraska-Lincoln agronomist who’s one of the world’s leading experts on feeding the world. Ken Cassman was one of several who reflected Friday on the final day of the fourth annual global Water for Food Conference, hosted by the Robert B. Daugherty Foundation at the University of Nebraska and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

14 Feb 12

Renewable Energy Magazine

At IRENA’s Second Assembly, January 14-15, in Abu Dhabi, the organisation partnered with the German Federal Government to organise a thematic reception to discuss “The Water-Energy-Food Nexus – The Role of Renewable Energy in the Green Economy”.

17 Nov 11

Freshwater Action Network (FAN)

On 16, 17 and 18 November, many FAN members participated in the Bonn Nexus conference which examined the nexus of water, energy and food security in the run up to Rio+20 next year. This international conference was organised by the German Federal Government to examine the nexus of water, energy and food security.

01 Oct 15


The Eighth Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) will convene on 16-17 November 2015 in Beirut.


  • IFPRI International Food Policy Research Institute
  • WEF World Economic Forum
  • WWF World Wide Fund for Nature

Bonn2011 Nexus Conference – in the context of Bonn Perspectives

  • Bonn Perspectives

initiated by

  • BONN
  • BMZ

funded by

  • European Regional Development Fund EFRE
  • NRW Ministerin fr Bundesangelegenheiten, Europa und Medien des Landes Nordrhein-Westphalen
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