The MUS activities in the Mekong basin are mainly carried out in partnership with the Local Wisdom Networks. The MUS project in northeast Thailand builds upon their experiences in the rainfed zone of drought prone areas. The project does its research through learning alliance development for multiple uses of water, linking up with the formal government offices and national development plans for multiple water use system aimed at achieving economic sufficiency- that links to both livelihood and ecosystem development.
Within the national development paradigm for achieving economic sufficiency, the development plans are now being up-scaled to cover the entire Mekong The development plans include- both site specific technologies and knowledge sharing through learning alliances. The implementation includes application of participatory action research methodologies for effective engagement of stakeholders in the research process. This ensures sustainability of multiple water use activities beyond the project life, not only in the Mekong basin but also nearby basins. Plans will be gradually developed to upscale the results of MUS to other countries, such as Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.