Tashkent, February 23 – A seminar-training event focused on the topic “Effective distribution of water resources in the Syr Darya basin under climate change conditions” took place, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the International Fund for Saving Oryol. The seminar was organized by the International Institute of Water Resources Management in Central Asia (IWMI) in Uzbekistan, in collaboration with the scientific and information center of the Central Asian Inter-State Water Management Coordination Commission, the environmental movement of Uzbekistan, and the Committee on Development of the Orol region of the Oliy Majlis Senate.
The event brought together experts and specialists from governmental bodies, scientific research institutions, public and international organizations in the field of ecology and water management. The interactive seminar provided a platform for examining various aspects of climate change and its impact on water resources. Participants engaged in discussions surrounding the history, establishment, and activities of the International Fund for Island Rescue.
Navigating Water Challenges: Exploring Effective Strategies for Syr Darya Basin in Central Asia
A significant focus of the seminar was dedicated to the WE-ACT project, titled “Efficient Water Allocation from the Transboundary River Basin of Central Asia,” which receives funding from the European Union. The project aims to develop a climate-sensitive decision-making system for water allocation in transboundary river basins in Central Asia. Information regarding the project’s main tasks, priority directions, and goals was shared and extensively deliberated upon.
Moreover, attendees were familiarized with the accumulated experience in organizing the integrated management of water resources in transboundary river basins, with a specific emphasis on the Syr Darya, Norin, and Koradarya water basins. Presentations highlighted the mounting vulnerability of Central Asia’s mountainous regions to the effects of climate change. Consequently, participants underscored the importance of making informed decisions regarding water distribution among vital sectors of society and the economy. Additionally, discussions centered on determining appropriate water tariffs and enhancing water efficiency in agriculture and energy sectors. However, the task of managing water resources has become more complex due to rapid economic development, population growth, and changes in hydrological regimes induced by climate variations within Central Asia’s primary transboundary river basins.
The seminar facilitated group discussions where participants received reports on expert activities, explored proposals for future measures, and obtained relevant recommendations. The event served as a valuable platform for exchanging knowledge, fostering collaboration, and addressing the challenges posed by climate change and water resource management in Central Asia’s Syr Darya basin.
Photo Credits: Image source – Senate of Uzbekistan Official Website (https://senat.uz/oz/events/post-476)