Nexus Region Central Asia

The Central Asia region has a highly varied geography, which includes high mountains; vast deserts; and treeless, grassy steppes. The two major rivers are the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya. The Aral Sea is another major water reservoir for the region. However, the distribution of water resources is very difficult in Central Asia. Although the sources of the rivers are formed in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, hydroelectric plants weaken as they run to the downstream countries of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. Population growth, climate change and dwindling precipitation create huge challenges to the Central Asian governments.

Therefore, an analysis of the dynamic links between water, energy, food and ecosystems is crucial in order to understand the challenges in these areas. The WEF-Nexus perspective will not only allow for the identification of the synergies between the different users of the natural resources but it will also help to avoid trade-offs and social conflicts that might occur. Intraregional cooperation will be essential to meet the described challenges.

News, Events and Resources

Jobs

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 5. March 2019.

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Capacity Building

Nexus Regional Dialogue Central Asia // European Union supports Capacity Building for Multi-Sectoral Investments in Turkmenistan

ASHGABAT − On 5-6 December 2018, the meeting of the Intersectoral Working Group on the development of multi-sector investment projects for achieving water, energy and food security in Turkmenistan was held in Ashgabat together with a workshop for project developers.

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News

Nexus Regional Dialogue Central Asia // European Union supports the Basin Water Organization “Amudarya” to receive Investments

URGENCH – On 28-29 November 2018, 15 representatives of the Basin Water Organization (BWO) “Amudarya” from Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated in a WEF Nexus workshop in order to elaborate on possible investment projects to foster water, energy and food security in Amudarya Basin. The BWO Amudarya consists of 27 organizations, and is responsible for the management of the river trunk, interstate canals and pumping stations within the basin area.

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Waste treatment

Urban Nexus // Mongolians Gain German Best Practice Experiences on Solid Waste Management and Waste Incineration

In order to cope with vast amounts of household waste, the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, is planning to create an environmentally friendly incineration plant. The National Development Agency is advising the Mongolian Government on technological aspects and respective financing mechanisms. In order to prepare for the tasks ahead, a Mongolian Delegation of the National Development Agency and Ulaanbaatar Municipality were invited to Germany to gain experiences on best practice examples on solid...

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Climate Change

4th EUCERS/KAS Energy Talk // The Water-Energy Nexus in Central Asia: Climate Change and Security Risks

Continuing the regional focus of this year’s Energy Talk Series, this talk looks at Central Asia. This panel discussion will examine the impacts of climate change on security in the region. Stretching from China in the East to the Caspian Sea in the West, the region is made up of the former Soviet republics, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. From disappearing glaciers to extreme weather events, climate change has many faces in Central Asia. This talk will look at...

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Climate Change

Climate Change and the Water-Energy-Agriculture Nexus in Central Asia // Scenario Report

By Achim Maas, Gulzhamal Issayeva, Lukas Rüttinger and Atabek Umirbekov with contributions from Raul Daussa. This paper reports on a workshop with experts and regional stakeholders, which was initiated by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in November 2011 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The workshop focused on developing scenarios on how the interaction of climate change, political stability and economic growth may impact the agriculture-water-energy nexus. In addition, it...

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News

Нексус в Центральной Азии // Третье Заседание Регионального Координационного Комитета

12 октября 2018 г., Астана. Третье заседание Регионального Координационного Комитета (РКК) проекта ЕС по Нексус диалогу в Центральной Азии было посвящено разработке портфеля многосекторальных инвестиционных проектов по укреплению водной, энергетической и продовольственной безопасности в Центральной Азии для их возможной последующей поддержки в рамках Второй Фазы Глобальной Программы ЕС по региональным Нексус диалогам.

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News

Nexus Investment // "The Water, Energy and Food Security is at the Heart of Central Asia's Socioeconomic Development"

On 12 October 2018, the third meeting of the Nexus Regional Steering Committee dedicated to the development of a portfolio of investment projects to foster water, energy and food security in Central Asia was held in Astana. Representatives of the Executive Committee of International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, basin organizations, national ministries and agencies responsible for water, land management, energy and economic development and experts from all five Central Asian countries...

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News

Central Asia // Development of Investment Projects to Foster the WEF-Nexus at the 2nd Nexus Regional Steering Committee Meeting

The Regional Steering Committee (RSC) of the EU Nexus CA Dialogue Project discussed regional experiences in cooperation with the Senegal River Basin and reviewed progress made in identifying regional priorities that foster water, energy and food security in Central Asia. The intersectoral Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, working groups, presented eight project ideas. The first selection of regional multi-sectoral investment projects will be made during the third RSC meeting.

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News

Nexus in Central Asia // WEF Nexus part of the "International Decade for Action - Water for Sustainable Development" Resolution

On 20-22 June 2018, the International High-Level Conference on the International Decade for Action "Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028" was held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The water-energy-food Nexus in the context of water resources management was highlighted in the resolution "International Decade for Action - Water for Sustainable Development, 2018–2028," adopted by the UN General Assembly. The WEF Nexus was one of the main themes of the conference.

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