As a region founded upon a complex riverine system where the river meets the sea, water is both the backbone and a challenging puzzle for the development of the Mekong Delta. Managing and governing water resources to meet increasing agricultural, aquacultural, urban and industrial demands, while leaving no one behind and respecting the natural ecosystem is no easy task, especially in the delta’s complex social and political contexts within and across borders.

This brief presents the results of an analysis of SDG interlinkages in the Mekong, showing that achievement of diverse SDG targets is closely interlinked. It also highlights the role of SDG6 at the core of these interlinkages and discuss two key challenges highlighted by the stakeholders we spoke to. The brief underlines the vital role of coherent and integrated governance and suggests the way forward for the Mekong.