UNRCCA CONVENES A MEETING OF NATIONAL EXPERTS ON WATER AND ENERGY COOPERATION OF THE CENTRAL ASIAN STATES
On 29-30 November 2022 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, UNRCCA convened a meeting of national experts from the Central Asian states to follow up on a joint work related to reviewing and taking stock in the existing legislative basis in the field of regional water-energy cooperation in Central Asia. The event was held within the framework of the UNRCCA “Strategy in support of cooperation between the states of Central Asia in the field of water, energy, environment and climate for 2022-2025”, and brought together representatives of the ministries and state agencies of the Central Asian states as well as international experts.
The participants exchanged on the latest developments in the national regulatory frameworks on water management, climate change adaptation policies, green economy strategies and ongoing efforts to improve and upgrade respective laws and regulations. The delegations were also able to familiarize themselves with the recent cases regarding transboundary water and energy cooperation in Latin America and Africa. The delegates exchanged opinions on the role of Afghanistan in cooperation in the Aral Sea Basin and discussed monitoring and early warning on the rivers of Amu Darya and Syr Darya.
The delegations expressed gratitude for the UNRCCA’s continued engagement and initiatives to offer an expert platform for a constructive dialogue among the national experts on topical issues of the regional water-energy and climate agendas. It was agreed to hold the next meeting in December 2022.