CAREC participates in global workshop on transboundary water cooperation

CAREC participates in global workshop on transboundary water cooperation

On February 6-7, the global workshop on transboundary water cooperation was held in Geneva. During the workshop, not only the benefits of water cooperation were discussed, but also the losses without dialogue. 
The Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia together with German leading think tank “adelphi” presented the results of “The costs of inaction and benefits of water cooperation in Central Asia” research.

During the joint presentation, Mr. Benjamin Pohl, “adelphi”, and Mr. Jusipbek Kazbekov, CAREC, noted that “annual losses from insufficient cooperation can reach up to $4.5 billion, while there is a number of important advantages for improving water cooperation in Central Asia. For example, there are various mechanisms of cooperation on different levels, agreements to be strengthened or to be used as a basis, as well as activation of the dialogue between Central Asian countries in the last year, which create new preconditions and favorable conditions for strengthening cooperation.”

Transboundary water cooperation is necessary for integrated and sustainable water resources management. Cooperation can bring significant benefits for water consuming countries, such as accelerated economic growth, improved well-being of population and raising environmental sustainability.
Also, participants discussed the implementation and increase of the benefits for maintaining sustainable development of transboundary basins, communication issues for the successful realization of the benefits principle. The shared experience of different countries included the joint exploitation of hydrotechnical constructions, regional economic integration, joint assessment, multisectoral involvement of stakeholders into the process benefit assessment. Furthermore, the audience talked about the regulations of the Water Convention on Transboundary Waters, the secretariat of this convention was among organizers.

The event was addressed to representatives of governments, international organizations, private sector, academia, as well as specialists of water resources management. That is - to all interested stakeholders.  

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