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 05 Jan 2023

Нексус в Центральной Азии // Рост заиления угрожает водно-энерго-продовольственной безопасности Узбекистана и Туркменистана

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event 05 Jan 2023

Nexus Regional Dialogue Central Asia // The sedimentation growth endangers the water-energy-food security in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

By Aksulu Kushanova, Energy Investment Specialist, CAREC. This article is about the transboundary demo project at Tyamuyun Hydroelectric Complex and…

event 16 Dec 2022

Нексус в Центральной Азии // ЕС И USAID ПОДДЕРЖИВАЮТ УЛУЧШЕНИЕ УПРАВЛЕНИЯ ВОДНЫМИ РЕСУРСАМИ В ТУРКМЕНИСТАНЕ

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event 22 Dec 2022

Publication // Management of sediment-induced problems at Tuyamuyun Hydro-Complex

By Sanjay Giri and Eric Stern. In this publication, a comprehensive review of the studies and data available as well as a rapid analysis of the…

event 21 Dec 2022

Publication // Meeting the demands of the construction industry – The economic case for re-using sediment from the Tuyamuyun Hydropower Complex

By Dr. Vanja Westerberg. The Tuyamuyun Hydro Complex (THC) is a system of four interconnected reservoirs and a series of canals on the lower Amu…

event 21 Jul 2022

Research Article // An integrative analytical framework of water-energy-food security for sustainable development at the country scale: A case study of five Central Asian countries

By Lingang Hao, Ping Wang, Jingjie Yu, Hongwei Ruan. This study proposes a hybrid framework involving TOPSIS, Spearman’s rank correlation and radar…

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