The region of Central Asia consists of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Here, water management is a critical issue, as diversion of water for agriculture accounts for more than 90% of the total water usage, mainly for cotton fields in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

Due to leaking irrigation channels and unsustainable monocultures, soil salinity increases, and huge amounts of water loss put stress on the water supplies. Balancing the needs for agricultural production and the generation of energy through hydropower is challenging, as the waterflow is disrupted. . Climate change and population increases will put additional stress on the region’s water resources with 10 to 30% less water available in the aforementioned rivers by 2050.

As a result of the growing awareness of the need to adopt a Nexus approach in the region, the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC), in cooperation with the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS), are implementing the Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme activities. The project is part of the Global Nexus Programme

of the Nexus Dialogues held in five regions of the world financed by the European Union (EU) and the

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Phase II of the project Phase II will focus on the development of tools and practical application of the Nexus

approach for:

a) a joint implementation of transboundary projects based on the WEF Nexus approach;

b) identification of suitable funding mechanisms for such projects;

c) strengthening the competence of

experts in the practical application of the WEF Nexus approach in planning and investment decisions

to ensure sustainable development and enhanced water, energy and food security in Central Asia.

event 18 Sep 2020

Online Event // First National Consultative Meetings in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

The First National Consultative Meetings in the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan took place on September 15, 2020 in the…

event 18 Mar 2020

Nexus Blog // Livestock farming in the desert? How the NEXUS approach can enhance adaptation to climate change in Turkmenistan

By Aksulu Kushanova. How can ancient wells be restored and old pastures be reintroduced for farming? This demonstration project, initiated by the…

event 15 Jan 2019

Vacancy // Executive Director of the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC)

The Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) calls for applications for the vacant position as Executive Director. Application Deadline…

event 13 Oct 2020

Central Asia Nexus Dialogue // Outcomes of the National Consultation Meetings

The Central Asia Nexus Dialogue project has started the implementation of its second phase (2020-2023). In the National Consultation Meetings the…

event 08 Oct 2020

Project Information // Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme Central Asia: Phase II

The objective of Phase II of the Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme in Central Asia is to create an enabling environment to facilitate sustainable…

event 07 Oct 2020

Fact Sheet // Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme Central Asia Phase II

The aim of the second phase of the Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme in Central Asia is to institutionalise the Nexus approach in national and…

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Ludmilla Kiktenko
Regional Coordinator, Central Asia

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