July 15, 2021, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today inaugurated its Regional Water and Vulnerable Environment program in Turkmenistan. The five-year program covers the five countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan and will strengthen regional cooperation on the management of shared water resources in the Syr Darya and Amu Darya River basins.
In his opening remarks, Ambassador Klimow noted, “Today we are launching a new activity under the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and a new chapter in our bi-lateral as well as regional engagement. This new USAID Regional Water and Vulnerable Environment program is designed to partner with the Government of Turkmenistan to provide opportunities to promote stability, economic prosperity, and healthy ecosystems for the people of Turkmenistan and the region.”
At the launch event, government agencies, including the State Committee for Water Management, the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, and the Ministry of Energy, discussed national and regional challenges facing the management of shared water resources from the water-energy-food-environment nexus perspective and provided input on the next steps for the implementation of the program.
The USAID Regional Water and Vulnerable Environment program (434 KB, PDF) is focused on strengthening regional capacity to manage shared water resources and mitigate environmental risks in the Syr Darya and Amu Darya river basins. The program takes a multi-level approach to tackling complex regional water challenges by strengthening collaboration through stakeholder dialogues; developing a shared vision for integrated and sustainable river basin management using evidence and modeling; and fostering collaborative action across sectors and governance levels.
USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. For more information, visit: https://www.usaid.gov/central-asia-regional and USAID’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/USAIDCentralAsia.