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.
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...// more
By Olimjon Saidmamatov, Urgench State University, held at in Green-Win Conference in Barcelona, 13-14 March 2018.// more
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...// more
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...// more
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."// more
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.// more
By Saltanat Zhakenova. This paper is the second in a series on the Nexus in Central Asia. It discusses how to achieve water, energy, food and environmental security.// more
Цель встречи: в рамках подготовки ко второму Центрально-Азиатскому Международному Экологическому Форуму обсудить возможности, которые дает межсекторальное взаимодействие для подготовки инвестиционных проектов, а также запустить региональный механизм координации соответствующего проекта.// more
The goal of the meeting in Tashkent/Uzbekistan will be the preparation for the Second Central Asian International Environmental Forum. The participants will discuss the opportunities, which are provided by intersectoral cooperation for the preparation of investment projects, and to launch a regional coordination mechanism for the Nexus Dialogue in Central Asia.// more
Цель встречи: обсудить возможности, которые дает межсекторальное взаимодействие для подготовки инвестиционных проектов, а также запустить межсекторальный механизм для разработки проектных предложений в Туркменистане. Главная задача проекта: развитие благоприятных возможностей для многосекторального климатически-устойчивого инвестирования с целью усиления водной, энергетической и продовольственной безопасности в Центральной Азии.// more