© GIZ Closing conference of the "Central Asia Nexus Dialogue"
Governance

Nexus Conference // EU fosters multisectoral thinking and investment for sustainable development in Central Asia

The closing conference for the EU-funded “Central Asia Nexus Dialogue” was held November 18th in Ashgabat - Turkmenistan to present the results of the project. Aimed at increasing the understanding of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Security Nexus approach, the project fosters multi-sectoral thinking and cooperation among Central Asian countries, leading to the development of an Investment Portfolio of WEF Nexus project ideas.

Eighty representatives from regional intergovernmental and basin organizations, relevant national government bodies, international financial institutions, the donor community, academia and experts from Central Asian and European countries, as well as the Global Nexus Secretariat, came together to discuss how to scale up the WEF Nexus approach in the Central Asian region. Thematic discussions were paired with an exhibition of video and information materials, publications and an opportunity to play the “WEF Nexus Game”. The Global Nexus Secretariat presented an outlook on the Nexus Investment priorities in the MENA, LAC, Niger Basin and Southern African regions.

 

 

The Investment Portfolio comprising eight project ideas of regional significance that addresses a wide range of transboundary natural resources management challenges, including on water allocation, dam safety, technical upgrading, eco-tourism, combating desertification and other environmental issues of the Aral Sea was confirmed as relevant by all beneficiary countries.

Gyuzgeldy Baydjanov, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Fund for saving the Aral Sea (EC IFAS) said: “We thank the Nexus project team for expert and technical support provided to develop the Aral Sea Basin Programme. We are pleased that the fourth edition of this important regional Programme incorporates intersectoral investment projects that meet the WEF Nexus criteria”.

Small-scale projects in Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan implemented during the project  have already helped to pilot the practical application of WEF Nexus approach, namely in multipurpose dam management, providing sustainable access to water in desert areas and promoting investment in more energy efficient water pumps.

Lubomir Frebort, Chargé d'Affaires of the EU Delegation to Turkmenistan, said: "As water and energy resources in Central Asia are highly imbalanced, the water, energy and food security is at the heart of the region's socio-economic development. Our Nexus Project is aimed at rendering support to the countries of Central Asia through cross-border and multi-sectoral planning with an ultimate goal of facilitating sustainable and climate-resilient investments for increased security in Central Asia."

You can find the article in Russian here: ЕС способствует многосекторальному мышлению и инвестициям для устойчивого развития в Центральной Азии

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