CENTRAL ASIA – Three projects based on the water-energy-food nexus will be implemented in Central Asia in the framework of the EU-funded project “Nexus Dialogue in Central Asia. This has been discussed yesterday during the meeting of the project’s Regional Steering Committee, which consists of 16 representatives of the line ministries in charge of the management of water, land, natural and energy resources nominated by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, as well as representatives of the European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan.
The Nexus Dialogue project aims to institutionalise the Nexus approach in national and regional governance structures and investment decisions for water, energy and food (WEF) security. To fulfill the project’s specific objective to apply the Nexus approach in policy-making, planning and practical implementation, the Regional Steering Committee decided to test the Nexus approach through the implementation of the following small-scale demonstration projects: 1) identification of best technologies to solve the issue of siltation of the channel reservoir at Tuyamuyun hydroelectric complex (Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan), 2) piloting of the closed saxaul cultivation system (Kazakhstan) and 3) technical and financial evaluation of pumping stations (Tajikistan) to identify workable solutions to improve their efficiency while taking into account the interests of other sectors of the WEF Nexus.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated that good policy coordination among all the sectors in which water plays a pivotal role is essential for water secure and sustainable recovery. I am are very excited about the work we do with our partners in Central Asia to institutionalize the integrated cross-sectoral Nexus approach in the national investment planning,” stated Johannes Stenbaek Madsen, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to Kazakhstan.
"We thank the EU for continuing the Nexus Dialogue project in Central Asia to support our countries in testing the Nexus approach on demonstration sites of various scale. The fact that the governments of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have agreed to apply the Nexus approach to the Tuyamuyun hydroelectric complex is the best proof of our interest in finding new integrated solutions to the current challenges," said Shukhrat Talipov, Head of the Department of Control over the operation of buildings and hydraulic structures of JSC "Uzbekhydroenergo", Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The project's total budget for the second phase is EUR 1.25 million with EU contribution of EUR 1 million. The project is implemented by the Central Asia Regional Environmental Centre (CAREC) during 2020-2023.
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The second phase (2020-2023) of the European Union project "Central Asia Nexus Dialogue Project: Fostering Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus and Multi-sector Investment ( Phase II)" is a continuation of the first phase (2016-2019) and is being implemented by the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (CAREC). The project is part of the global Nexus Dialogue Program, which is being organized in five regions of the world with financial support from the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).