Sustainable development of Central Asia largely depends on the quantity and quality of shared transboundary water resources. In the context of growing water shortage in the region, the impacts of climate change, and anthropogenic pressure on water resources, it is extremely important to adopt coordinated approaches of countries to monitor and exchange data on the status of water resources.
The Water Convention pays special attention to the development of cooperation on monitoring of transboundary waters. Joint monitoring, assessment of transboundary waters and exchange of information are among its key obligations. As part of its implementation, a number of guidance documents have been developed that take into account the practical experience of countries in monitoring and assessing transboundary rivers, lakes and groundwater. As part of activities for 2022-2024, an updated version of the Strategies for monitoring and assessment of transboundary rivers, lakes and groundwaters is being prepared and a new publication “Good practices and lessons learned in transboundary data exchange” is under development.
The International Water Assessment Centre (IWAC) assists in the implementation of the Convention in practice. IWAC’s programme of work for 2022-2024 provides support in updating and preparing the guidance materials of the Convention on monitoring and assessment, including through the organization of a regional workshop in Central Asia, aimed at facilitating the exchange of experience in the field of monitoring water resources, and improving cooperation between the countries of the region on protection and use of water resources.
The regional workshop is organized in cooperation with and with support of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) to promote regional cooperation on sustainable water management in Central Asia.
The objectives of a regional workshop are:
- Promote the exchange of experience in the field of monitoring, assessment and data and information exchange in Central Asia;
- Improve cooperation between the countries of the region in the protection and use of water resources;
Identify lessons learned and good practices as possible examples to be included in the new publication “Good practices and lessons learned in transboundary data exchange”.
Representatives of the relevant state bodies (water, environment, foreign affairs, etc.) and hydrometeorological services of the countries in Central Asia, regional and international organizations, NGOs, as well as experts in the field of protection and use of water resources from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are invited to participate in the workshop.
Expected results include:
Strengthen the capacity of government agencies and hydrometeorological services in Central Asia to further develop cooperation between countries in the field of information exchange, monitoring and assessment of transboundary waters.
Collect good practices and lessons learned for the new publication “Good practices and lessons learned in transboundary data exchange” under the Water Convention.