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The FE2W Network is working in six focus regions during its first operational phase: Colorado Basin (North America), Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Basin (South Asia), Mekong Basin (South-East Asia and China), Murray-Darling Basin (Australia), Nile Basin (East Africa), and Volta Basin (West Africa).

Image by Justin Brown

Colorado

Countries: Mexico, United States

Key food, energy, environment and water issues

  • Water shortages for energy, food and urban water security
  • Systemic risks from climate change, prolonged drought and water supply reliability
  • Water-energy security trade-offs for cities and food systems

Image by Justin Brown
Image by Flickr user abrinsky

Ganges, Brahmaputra, Meghna

Countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal

Key food, energy, environment and water issues

  • Vulnerability of agriculture and energy to climate variability
  • Hydropower development and agricultural water diversions
  • Subsidised electricity driving groundwater over-extraction

Image by Flickr user abrinsky
Image by Global Water Forum

Mekong

Countries: Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam

Key food, energy, environment and water issues

  • Trade-offs between hydropower development and fisheries
  • Impact of agricultural commercialisation on ecosystems
  • Role of non-timber forest and aquatic products in rural food security

Image by Global Water Forum
Image by Jan Smith

Murray darling

Countries: Australia

Key food, energy, environment and water issues

  • Sustainable water allocation between irrigation and environment in drought
  • Integrated surface, groundwater, farm dam and forestry water-management
  • Effects of ground- and surface-water conjunctive use

Image by Jan Smith
Image by NASA

Nile

Countries: Burundi, Ethiopia, Egypt, Eritrea, DR Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda

Key food, energy, environment and water issues

  • Infrastructure development, foreign direct investment and transboundary water management
  • Trade-offs between ecosystems, food security and nutrition and agricultural development
  • Land degradation and the agricultural productivity of poor farmers’ land

Image by NASA
Image by Neil Palmer (CIAT)

Volta

Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Togo

Key food, energy, environment and water issues

  • Improving basin water productivity with integrated management interventions
  • Impacts of droughts and floods on crop-livestock systems
  • Transboundary management of planned reservoirs

Image by Neil Palmer (CIAT)