The methodology adopted for the analysis included reviewing existing project document, forming the preliminary list of stakeholders and undertaking national consultations, individual meetings and working group discussions. These meetings and discussions were used to identify the stakeholders’ roles, interests in cooperation within project, as well as identification of challenges and opportunities for mainstreaming the Nexus approach on policy level. Data obtained from these meetings and reviewing of documents led to the listing of communication activities. Those interventions that would facilitate the inter-sectoral national and regional dialogues will be also identified in the form of policy and training interventions.
For the purpose of this analysis, stakeholders classified within seven broad categories were identified and the appropriate discussions were organized during national consultations and working meetings. The national consultations and Working Meetings were held in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Participants were approached to identify: i) the priority sectors for WEF Nexus, ii) relevant sectoral agencies and potential partner agencies; iii) challenges and opportunities for mainstreaming the Nexus approach.
The broad categories include stakeholders at the basin, national, regional and international levels. At the local level, associations of farmers and water users identified as project stakeholders in terms of implementation of pilot activities. At the regional level, the International Fund for Saving Aral sea (IFAS), as well as Interstate Commission for Sustainable Development (ICSD) and ministries or agencies, responsible for energy, agriculture and water resources management were identified as main project partners on national levels. State authorities, responsible for economic development, environment and attracting the investments were suggested as second priority stakeholders. The ministries of foreign affairs considered as bodies, responsible for coordination of regional activities.
The engagement of scientific and research organisations is valuable in terms of development the scientific base, training activities and pilot testing for Nexus mainstreaming.