How the WE-ACT Project is Uniting Stakeholders to Improve Water Management in Central Asia

In this blog, we explore how the WE-ACT project is transforming water management in Central Asia. Discover how the project is uniting stakeholders from across borders, promoting dialogue, and aligning with European values of regional collaboration. Learn about the key activities and achievements that are paving the way for a more sustainable approach to managing the Syr Darya, Naryn, and Karadarya rivers amidst climate change.

WE-ACT Team Discovering the Fergana Valley

During the WE-ACT team’s field trip to Uzbekistan’s Fergana Valley, the team explored the area’s rich cultural heritage and natural beauty, gaining invaluable insights into the local water management systems. The region has two important hydrological monuments the Andijan Dam and Reservoir, which are vital for irrigation and water supply. The team observed both traditional and modern irrigation techniques employed by local farmers. This experience highlighted the region’s pressing challenges in water allocation and underscored the importance of sustainable water management practices, which are essential for balancing development with environmental preservation.

WE-ACT General Assembly: Advancing Water Management in Central Asia

The WE-ACT General Assembly, held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from April 23rd to 24th, 2024. The event focused on advancing water management in Central Asia through keynote speeches, collaborative sessions, and innovative demonstrations. Notable moments include the introduction of serious games for interactive learning and decision making, and a visit from BWO SyrDarya and SIC ICWC, emphasizing the importance of end-user engagement. Overall, the assembly exemplifies collective efforts towards sustainable water allocation in the region.

Empowering Women in the Water Sector: Insights from the WE-ACT Webinar

The WE-ACT webinar, held on February 9, 2024, in alignment with the International Day of Women in Science, illuminated the indispensable role of women in the water sector. Esteemed professionals from science, policy, and industry converged to discuss challenges and innovative solutions, emphasizing the need for gender inclusivity. From exploring the current status of women in water to addressing challenges faced by women in the field and charting a way forward for empowerment, the webinar fostered a dynamic dialogue, urging participants to contribute to a more inclusive and sustainable water sector through collective action.

Summary Handbook on Water Allocation in a Transboundary Context Featuring the WE-ACT Project

The Summary Handbook on Water Allocation in a Transboundary Context incorporates information from the Handbook on Water Allocation, and it includes the WE-ACT project as a significant component. The WE-ACT project is a notable inclusion, contributing to the broader context of transboundary water allocation practices outlined in the publication. The handbook serves as a practical resource for policymakers, offering key elements, frameworks, and case studies to guide decision-making in the complex landscape of transboundary water allocation.

WE-ACT Partners’ Field Trip Unveils the Dynamics of Irrigation Canals and Stations

On September 16th, our partners embarked on an illuminating field trip, delving into the heart of water management. Exploring irrigation canals and stations, they gained firsthand insights into the intricate systems that sustain the landscape. A visual diary capturing this journey unfolds, revealing the synergy between theory and practice, as our collaborative efforts translate into tangible, transformative experiences on the ground.

UNIFR’s Summer Fieldwork: A Visual Journey Through Central Asia

Explore UNIFR’s impactful fieldwork in Central Asia during the summer of 2023, where researchers, students, and partners collaborated on a multi-faceted project. From overcoming challenges in automated weather station data transmission to hands-on experiences in the high-mountain landscapes of Kyrgyzstan, the story unveils the journey of installing cutting-edge technology for sustainable development and climate change adaptation in the Naryn River catchment.