The workshop that took place from 2 to 4 December 2014 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, was a key step in the preparatory process for the assessment of water, energy, food and ecosystems in the Syr Darya Basin.
The assessment of the Syr Darya River Basin is part of a series of assessments carried out on selected transboundary river basins in framework of the Work Programme 2013-2015 under the Water Convention. The assessment focuses on the links, trade-offs and synergies between four key sectors (or resources) in basins to identify jointly benefits from closer intersectoral coordination. This is meant to help to build capacity and to move towards increased efficiency in resource use, greater policy coherence and co-management.
The workshop had a broad participation from the Syr Darya Basin countries including representatives of the agriculture and energy sectors, water and environment administrations, state companies and civil society. The programme was highly participatory, involving group work on specific assignments, as well as a brief training on intersectoral linkages and on the benefits of an intersectoral approach to water resources management.
The workshop was organized jointly with the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The press release can be found here
More information on this area of work of the UNECE Water Convention can be found here
|Opening session: FAO contribution|
|Short overview of the nexus assessment process and related activities – Mr. Bo Libert, UNECE|
|Introduction to the nexus and the approach developed under the UNECE Water Convention - Mr. Mark Howells, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (KTH)|
|Central Asia regional energy sector overview — Ms. Aigul Absametova, Analytical Division, Eurasian Development Bank|
|Overview of agriculture in the Syr Darya Basin — Mr. Abbos Akhadov, FAO|
|Water resources and their use in the Syr Darya Basin — Mr. Vadim Sokolov, GWP/CACENA|
|Experience of the intersectoral working group on water risks in the Syr Darya Basin — Ms. Svetlana Shivareva, Regional Centre of Hydrology|
|Aral-Syr Darya River Basin Management Plan — Ms. Ekaterina Strikileva, CAREC|
|National policies and sectoral targets, Kazakhstan|
|National policies and sectoral targets, Kyrgyzstan|
|National policies and sectoral targets, Tajikistan|
|General outlook of glaciation and hydrology in the upstream part of the Syr Darya Basin — Mr. Igor Seversky, Institute of Geography, Kazakhstan|
|Climate change in the Syr Darya River Basin: an example of the South Kazakhstan and Kyzylorda regions — Ms. Lidia Nikiforova, KazHydromet|
|Water scenarios for Europe and neighbouring countries - Mr. Seppo Rekolainen, Finnish Environment Institute, SYKE|
|Solutions and trends - Mr. Mark Howells, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (KTH)|
|Scientific-Information Centre of the Interstate Commission for Water Coordination of Central Asia (ICWC-SIC) - Mr. Viktor Dukhovny, SIC-ICWC|
|Data on the Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems Nexus – Ms. Lucie Pluschke, FAO, Ms. Lucia de Strasser, KTH|
|Summary of the workshop - Ms. Annukka Lipponen, UNECE|