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International Conference of the EECCA NWO "Water for Land Reclamation, Economic Sectors and Natural Environment in the context of Climate Change" (6-7 November 2018, Tashkent, Uzbekistan) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Iskander Beglov   
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Venue: hotel «Golden Valley»

6 November  2018

PLENARY SESSION

09:00 Official opening

Welcome speeches: 

Sh.R.Khamraev, Ministry of Water Resources of Uzbekistan

Prof. D.V.Kozlov, EECCA NWO President

Yu.Videnina, International Office for Water

B. Hajiyev, UNECE

Key reporter:

Prof. V.A.Dukhovniy, Outlook of available water resources and food security in the EECCA countries: Aral Sea Basin case-study


SESSION 1: STRATEGY OF SURVIVAL IN THE FACE OF IMMINENT WATER SCARCITY 

Key reporter: 

Prof. S.R. Ibatullin (Kazakhstan) Prospects for the 2040s – what is the scale of water scarcity we can expect?

Presentations of country representatives on key aspects: climate change challenges, increase of water withdrawal (Afghanistan, China, Iran), population growth; changes in economic structure and social needs; how can the region’s countries oppose to those challenges? 

Prof. N.B. Prokhorova (RosNIIVH) Modernization of water sector in Russia – priority for science and technology development?

A.G.Sorokin (SIC ICWC) Future of the Amu Darya Basin in the context of climate change and other global changes

S.E. Aganov (“Tebigi Kuvvat”, Turkmemistan) Impacts of climate change on the water sector and adaptation measures for risk mitigation

A.R. Fazylov (IWP and HE of AS RT, Tajikistan) Importance of reservoirs for multipurpose water regulation and management  under strained water budget in the Central Asian region
 


SESSION 2: TRANSBOUNDARY WATER COOPERATION: HOW TO ENSURE IRRIGATION, ENERGY AND NATURE NEXUS IN THE CONTEXT OF CLIMATE CHANGE? 

Key reporters:  

Ch.M. Uzakbaev (Kyrgyzstan) Intersectoral and interstate integration – the basis for agreed actions for mutually beneficial water use 

D.R. Ziganshina (SIC ICWC) Enhanced scientific cooperation on water and sustainable development 
 

Presentations of country representatives on key aspects: Cooperation tools, joint regulation regimes: energy, irrigation, nature protection; cooperation-based nexus; clear obligations of the parties; public participation; excessive hydropower capacities – base for coordination; involvement of hydropower, hydrometeorological services and aquatic environment sector in activities of IFAS and ICWC 

B. Hajiyev (UNECE) Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystem Nexus: implementation of decisions identified for the Syr Darya River Basin and national water policy dialogues in the countries

B. Libert (international expert, Sweden) Assessment of water-food-energy-ecosystem nexus

Prof. D.V.Kozlov (EECCA NWO President, Russia) Issues of transboundary water use in the Irtysh Basin and prospects of hydraulic engineering in the region 

Prof.N.K.Kipshakbaev (Kazakhstan) Specific measures for climate change adaptation in the Aral Sea basin 

S.A.Dubenok (CRICUWR, Belarus) Expericence in transboundary cooperation and basin management in the Republic of Belarus

V.Akhmadjonov (Information-Analytical and Resource Center at the MWM Republic of Uzbekistan) Topical issues related to the legal framework for water cooperation in Central Asia

Sh.G. Talipov (BWO Syrdarya) Ensuring stability and safety of hydraulic structures in Central Asia for climate change mitigation and adaptation 



SESSION 3: WATER CONSERVATION AND RATIONAL NATURE USE 

Key reporters:

Prof. Ya.E.Pulatov (IWPH&E of the AS of the RT, Tajikistan) Water conservation and joint actions of countries for efficient water use, regulation of natural resource use as the main tool of cooperation 

N.A.Sukhoy (Association of land reclamation and water engineers, Russia) On land improvement in the Russian Federation and issues of water management in this context
 

Presentations of country representatives on key aspects: revision of water requirements; analysis of losses along main canals and systems; lowering of losses; improvement of water accounting and forecast accuracy; automation of flow metering and regulation; remote sensing in water accounting 

B.M. Kizyayev (VNIIGiM, Russia) Agricultural water supply in the context of water shortage and water pollution problems

Sh.Sh.Mukhamedjanov (SIC ICWC) Water conservation in the Central Asian states: past experience and future targets

K.Murodov (Ministry of Water Resources of Uzbekistan) Achievements of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the field of land reclamation and water management
 
K.A.Anzelm (Turkestan Hydrogeological and Land Reclamation Expedition, Committee for Water Resources, Ministry of Agriculture, Kazakhstan) Experience in applying water-saving irrigation technologies in the Southern Kazakhstan 

B. Askaraliyev (Kyrgyz National Agrarian University) Challenges of water resource management in irrigation systems of Kyrgyzstan 

S.Alikhidjaeva (Uzbekistan) New “water-saving” varieties of cotton  

N.N.Mirzaev (SIC ICWC) Problems and ways to improve the quality of irrigation services at the local level

V.Yu. Klochko (Design Institute Kazgiprovodkhoz, Kazakhstan) Involvement of used and newly irrigated lands in agriculture



SESSION 4: COOPERATION OF REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN THE ARAL SEA BASIN (IFAS-ICWC-ICSD) – SEARCHING FOR ADDITIONAL WATER RESERVES?

Key reporters

A. Redjepov (EC IFAS) Cooperation of EC IFAS with international organizations
 
Presentations of country representatives on key aspects: use of collector-drainage water, wastewater and return water for irrigation; achieving water-related Sustainable Development Goals; water conservation and sanitary-environmental releases; sustainability of delta ecosystems; adaptation to climate change 

V.I. Sokolov (Agency GEF of IFAS, UzbekistanFresh impetus for regional cooperation in the Aral Sea Basin
 

G.V.Stulina (SIC ICWC) Combatting desertification and conserving natural environment in Prearalie

R.M.Korobov (Eco-Tiras, Moldova) The status of small rivers in Moldova threatens water security in the context of climate change

N. Shakhimardonova (Institute of strategic and regional studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan) Initiatives of the Republic of Uzbekistan for mitigation of the Aral Sea crisis



7 November 2018

SESSION 5: BUILDING CAPACITIES OF WATER-MANAGEMENT, BASIN AND LAND RECLAMATION ORGANIZATIONS  

Key reporter

Yu.Kh. Rysbekov (SIC ICWC) Unlocking scientific and technological capacities of water-management and land reclamation organizations as a big source of untapped water and land reserves 

Presentations of country representatives on key aspects: professional development; improvement of information exchange; knowledge base; advisory service; water diplomacy, etc.

Yu.Videnina (International Office for Water, France) EUWI+East Project: operational tasks in river basins, activities of basin committies and stakeholder participation

V.I. Sokolov (Agency GEF of IFAS, Uzbekistan) Economic and mathematical tool WHAT-IF developed by the World Bank to build and analyze different scenarios for the Aral Sea basin development: prospects for its application in our work

Sh.Zaitov (SIC ICWC) Capacities of basin organizations (BWO Amudarya and BWO Syrdarya) for development of a single modernized online information system for efficient and transparent operational activity

Sh.Kenjabaev (SIC ICWC) Improved data and information exchange between key organizations to develop capacity of land reclamation expeditions 
 


Wrap-up and approval of resolution 


RESOLUTION
EECCA NWO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 
Water for Land Reclamation, Economic Sectors and Natural Environment in the context of Climate Change 

The participants of the Conference held within the framework of the Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia Network of Water Management Organizations (EECCA NWO) on 6-7 November 2018 in Tashkent addressed the current matters of land reclamation and water supply in economic sectors and for the natural environment in the context of climate change. They also summarized the results of the Network’s activity over the past year and discussed tasks for the future.  

The participants presented in-depth reports and exchanged opinions in the following focus areas:

  • strategy of survival in the face of imminent water scarcity,
  • assessment of the impacts of geopolitical changes;
  • transboundary water cooperation: how to ensure irrigation, energy and nature nexus in the context of climate change,
  • water conservation and rational nature use,
  • cooperation of regional organizations in the Aral Sea Basin (IFAS-ICWC-ICSD) in searching for additional water reserves,
  • building capacities of water-management, basin and land reclamation organizations.

Having summarized results of the discussion, the Conference participants have decided the following:

1. Stress that the current challenges that the EECCA countries face, including climate change, potential increase of river water withdrawal by neighboring countries (Afghanistan, China, Iran), population growth, and changing economic and social behavior patterns require that appropriate and timely adaptation measures be taken.   

2. In this context, it is important to elaborate long-term (2030-2050) water strategies for each country and the region as a whole, proceeding from ongoing changes. Additionally, all EECCA countries need to develop a common line of conduct aimed at sustainable and peaceful development that would be based on the wider science engagement in the solution of pressing problems of sustainable development, including water, energy, environment and security, and the regular and systematic building capacities and raising awareness.   

3. Support an initiative on the establishment of an independent think-tank involving experts from concerned sectors and disciplines to develop scientifically grounded decisions and recommendations for decision makers. Organize a lead group for drafting of a roadmap for the establishment of such a think-tank and take poll among EECCA NWO members on topics and directions of future activity of this platform.   

4. Unite efforts in inventing, adopting and developing environmentally friendly energy- and water-saving technologies, increasing regional and inter-regional cooperation in the sphere of water saving and sound transboundary water use, while simultaneously ensuring intersectoral harmonization.

5. Activate climate change direction at the global level, also as part of implementation of the Work program 2019-2021 of the UNECE Convention on protection and use of transboundary watercourses and international lakes and the activity of its Task Force on water and climate and the global network of basins dealing with adaptation. Given the complicated environmental and geopolitical situation, ask representatives of the Russian Federation in EECCA NWO to talk with the Russian leadership concerning consideration of a possibility of cooperation with a European Arctic Group for reopening of the discussion on possible diversion of a water share of Siberian rivers at expense of its discharge into the Arctic Ocean and usage of this share for Central Asia and desert areas in Mongolia, Eastern Siberia and China.    

6. Underline the role of the Paris Pact on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Basins of Rivers, Lakes and Aquifers that offers a number of practical adaptation measures, among which:

  • adaptation in the water sector to climate change, including at the river basin;
  • strengthening of governance;
  • adequate financing.

7. Note with satisfaction effective and fruitful activities of EECCA NWO over the past 10 years. With the support of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Government of the Russian Federation, the Scientific-Information Center of ICWC and the International Network of Basin Organizations, the Network contributed to exchange of ideas, information and best practices on different aspects of water related activity and promoted unity and mutual understanding among professionals from various sectors and countries in the region.

Key activities and events organized by the Network in 2017-2018 included:

  • Conference of the EECCA water-management organizations “Challenges of River Basin Management in the context of Climate Change” (18-19 May 2017, Moscow, Russia);
  • International science and practice conference “The 25 years of water cooperation in Central Asia: lessons learnt and future outlook” (23-24 November 2017, Tashkent, Uzbekistan); 
  • International science and practice conference “Transboundary cooperation in Central Asia – security, stability and well-being of the entire region” (7 September 2017, Almaty, Kazakhstan);
  • All-Russian water congress “Water resources in Russia for sustainable development, ecological security and health” (27-30 June 2017, Moscow, Russia); 
  • First Aral International Forum of Sustainable Development 
  • (30-31 May 2017, Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan);
  • Network’s publications, including the collection of scientific papers “Challenges of River Basin Management in the context of Climate Change”; 
  • maintenance of the Central Asian knowledge portal - CAWater-Info (cawater-info.net) - as part of the system of uniform tools for implementation of IWRM that are adapted to specific conditions of water management in river basins with different water stresses in arid and semi-arid zones of EECCA countries;
  • Development of an on-line “Atlas of water-management and environmental organizations in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.”

8. Strengthen efforts of the Network’s members in the following focus areas:

  • Organization of joint interdisciplinary research in the spheres of water management, land reclamation and nature protection; 
  • Further development of information space in the above mentioned spheres, including exchange of information on best practices and sharing lessons and knowledge;
  • Organization of training workshops and study tours to explore best practices and share experience and knowledge in the area of water management and land reclamation,
  • Development of extension services and knowledge hubs (regional and national ones) to render assistance to water users at different hierarchical levels;
  • Taking advantage of cooperation, coordination and exchange of information with National water policy dialogues in the EECCA countries;
  • Engagement of other basin organizations in the Network’s activity.

9.  Note that the exchange of knowledge would be more productive and the knowledge base on water, economy and irrigated agriculture would be strengthened if donors provide wider support.     

10.  The next conference of the Network is to be held in 2019 on “Science and innovations for water security” at part of the XV International scientific-practical symposium and exhibition “Clean Water of Russia 2019”, which will be held in Yekaterinburg under the slogan “Water security as a factor of sustainable development”. 

11.  Acknowledge:

  • UNECE and the International Office for Water/International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) for assistance provided to the Network, including in organization of this Conference;
  • The Government of Russia for its long-term support of the Network’s activity; 
  • SIC ICWC, IFAS Agency for implementation of the Aral Sea Basin projects and National Water Partnership of Uzbekistan for assistance in organization of the Conference. 


Tashkent, 7 November 2018





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