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

Resource

Переосмысление Водной Проблематики в Центральноазиатском Контексте // Ущерб от Бездействия и Преимущества Водного Сотрудничества

Авторы: Бенджамин Пол, Анника Крамер, Вильям Халл, Сабина Блюмштейн, Искандар Абдуллаев, Жусипбек Казбеков, Таис Резникова, Екатерина Стрикелева, Эдуард Интервиес, Штефан Горлитц. Несмотря на декларируемую готовность стран к сотрудничеству, на деле в Центральной Азии наблюдается активная конкуренция за водные ресурсы. Водохозяйственной политикой региона движут, главным образом, нескоординированные национальные стратегии. Между Казахстаном, Кыргызстаном, Таджикистаном, Туркменистаном и...

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Projects

Центрально-Азиатский Диалог // Усиления Взаимосвязи «Вода-Энергия-Продовольствие» и Использование Многосекторального Финансирования

Проект «Центрально-Азиатский Диалог по использованию возможностей многосекторального финансирования путем усиления взаимосвязи «вода-энергия-продовольствие» реализуется при финансовой поддержке Европейского Союза и представляет собой часть глобальной Программы Нексус, которая исполняется также в Латинской Америке, Африке и на Ближнем Востоке.

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Projects

Central Asia Nexus Dialogue Project // Fostering Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus Dialogue and Multi-Sector Investment

Central Asia Nexus Dialogue project: Fostering Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus Dialogue and Multi-Sector Investment is an EU-funded project that is part of a global program with activities also in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

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Capacity Building

Urban Nexus // Training and Training of Trainers successfully concluded in Ulan Bator, Mongolia

A workshop to introduce the Urban Nexus approach and specific tools for analyzing urban challenges has been conducted in Best Western Tuushin Hotel on 08-11 May 2018. While the first two days were comprised of an interactive modular training on integrated resource management embedded in the Global Agendas, the last two days consisted of a training of trainers, enabling participants to become trainers themselves in the future replicating the urban Nexus approach.

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Implementation and Case Studies

Event Report // Triggering Cooperation Across the Food-Water-Energy Nexus in Central Asia

This paper is a report on Triggering Cooperation Across the Food-Water-Energy Nexus in Central Asia, a workshop convened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the International Water Association (IWA) and the EastWest Institute (WEI). This meeting, held on July 15-17, 2014, in Istanbul, Turkey, brought together over 50 experts from the Central Asian region and from the international community, to discuss integrated resource challenges in the Amu Darya basin, and to...

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Slides

Presentation // Water-Energy-Food Nexus research in Aral Sea Basin

By Olimjon Saidmamatov, Urgench State University, held at in Green-Win Conference in Barcelona, 13-14 March 2018.

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News

Second Nexus Executive Steering Committee Meeting // Supporting Regions, Countries and Cities

By Isabel Pasternack, Susanne Schmeier and Tina Schmiers. The second Executive Steering Committee Meeting of the Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme took place in Brussels on the 1-2 Mar 2018. The general objective of the meeting was to present the outcomes and impacts of the activities within the different regional dialogues, to discuss challenges and common issues as well as to find entry points and synergies to improve and strengthen cooperation and collaboration among the different regions...

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News

Central Asia // First Meeting of the Regional Working Group on the Nexus Project in Tashkent

On 13 March 2018 the Regional Working Group held its first meeting. The main topic of discussion was multi-sectoral cooperation in the context of the Aral Sea Basin Programme (ASBP). The event was held in the framework of the EU-funded project “Central Asia Nexus Dialogue: Fostering Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus Dialogue and Multi-Sector Investment ”, Nexus. It is implemented by CAREC and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The ultimate task of the Regional Working...

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Nexus Interviews

Nexus Interview // Water Cooperation in Central Asia

Interview with Benjamin Pohl: "The costs of the status quo of water management in Central Asia are very significant, but we can currently observe a lot of progress and optimism on water cooperation in the region."

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Fact Sheets

Nexus Fact Sheet // The Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme: The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus and its on-the-ground operationalisation

Starting in 2014, GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) started to implement Nexus Regional Dialogue activities. This included five regional dialogues and Nexus Resource Platform as faciliation and dissemination tool.

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