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Nexus Regional Dialogue Central Asia // European Union promotes regional water and energy cooperation in the Amu Darya river basin

CENTRAL ASIA – The European Union (EU) continues its efforts to address the issue of siltation at the Tuyamuyun Hydroelectric Complex (THC) that provides drinking water and electricity in the nearby areas of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The working group of experts met on 23 July 2021 online to discuss the results achieved during the last quarter of implementation of the demo project at THC. The meeting was organized by the EU-funded project "Nexus Dialogue in Central Asia" implemented by the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC).


Siltation at Ruslovoe Reservoir

At the second meeting, the working group discussed the outline of the holistic assessment of the facility and nearby areas (Dashoguz province of Turkmenistan, Republic of Karakalpakstan and Khorezm province of Uzbekistan), assessment of climate vulnerability and risks of THC, and assessment of the volume of siltation of the Ruslovoe Reservoir at THC developed by international and national experts. The members of the working group provided their add-ons and recommendations to the preliminary results of the work done, and approved the work plan for the rest of 2021. Based on the work done, it is planned to find technical solutions and investment opportunities to address the issue of intensive siltation of the Ruslovoe Reservoir.


Photo credit: Assessment of the volume of siltation at Ruslovoe Reservoir

Among the working group members are authorized officials from relevant ministries and agencies of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as from Tuyamuyun Hydroelectric Complex.


Photo credit: Members of the TWG of the THC demo project

The demonstration project will be implemented between February 2021 to December 2022, with the political support of the Ministry of Water Resources of Uzbekistan and the State Committee for Water Management of Turkmenistan, and the technical support of the project “Laboratory of Innovative Solutions for the Water Sector of Central Asia” under the Central Asia Water and Energy Program (CAWEP). CAWEP is a partnership between the World Bank, the European Union, Switzerland (through SECO) and the United Kingdom (through DFID) to strengthen the enabling environment to promote energy and water security at regional level and in the beneficiary countries.

The second phase (2020-2023) of the European Union project "Central Asia Nexus Dialogue Project: Fostering Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus and Multi-sector Investment ( Phase II)" is a continuation of the first phase (2016-2019) and is being implemented by the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (CAREC). The project is part of the global Nexus Dialogue Program, which is being organized in five regions of the world with financial support from the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

This program is funded by the European Union.

This article was first published on the CAREC website on 23 July, 2021.

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