The Water-Energy-Food Nexus and the Transboundary Context: Insights from Large Asian Rivers


Marko Keskinen
Joseph H. A. Guillaume
Mirja Kattelus
Miina Porkka
Timo A. Räsänen
Olli Varis
10 May 2016

This article provides a set of definitions recognizing three perspectives that see the nexus as an analytical tool, governance framework and as an emerging discourse. It discusses the implications that an international transboundary context brings to the nexus and vice versa. Based on a comparative analysis of three Asian regions-Central Asia, South Asia and the Mekong Region-and their related transboundary river basins, the authors propose that the transboundary context has three major implications: diversity of scales and perspectives, importance of state actors and importance of politics.