World Water Day in Turkmenistan

Publication date: 01 April 2024

On March 28, 2024, were held a series of celebratory events dedicated to the World Water Day in Dashoguz, Turkmenistan, to highlight the need for improved transboundary cooperation in water resources management.

Organizer - USAID Regional Water and Vulnerable Environment Activity together with State Committee of Water Management of Turkmenistan and Regional Environmental Center of Central Asia (CAREC).

As noted, the events will help raise awareness of the region’s water and climate problems and the importance of taking joint measures to ensure the future economic prosperity and water security of Central Asia.

The celebration of World Water Day is a regional event, which the project also implements in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The theme of this year's World Water Day is "Water for the Peace" and World Water Day celebrations focus on transboundary water cooperation in the region, laying an important foundation for future peace and prosperity in Central Asia.

In Turkmenistan, as part of the planned events, was held a cleanup day on March 28 together with the Dashoguzsuwhojalyk of the State Committee for Water Resources of Turkmenistan and local farmers at the pilot site of the project, on the Shavat canal, in Dashoguz.

Employees of PA “DashoguzSuwhojalyk” of the State Committee for Water Resources of Turkmenistan, and local farmers of the region took part in this cleanup. They cleared the surrounding area and planted fruit tree seedlings to stabilize the riverbed and improve the condition of the surrounding areas. The cleanup ended with a joint lunch on pilot area.

Thus, World Water Day provides an opportune moment to draw attention to these important issues in Central Asia and USAID’s regional contributions to improving water management and rational use.

Water-energy-food-ecosystems closely interconnected in Central Asia, forming a connection between themselves that extends beyond the borders of the five Central Asian states - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The goal of the USAID Regional Water and Vulnerable Environment Activity (WAVE) is to strengthen technical capacity and regional cooperation on the management of shared water resources across Central Asia for improved stability, economic prosperity, and healthy ecosystems. The Activity takes a multi-level governance approach to tackling complex regional water challenges by strengthening collaboration through stakeholder dialogue; developing a shared vision for integrated and sustainable Syr Darya and Amu Darya basins management; and fostering collaborative action across sectors and governance levels by introducing the water-energy-food-ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus approach to planning and decision-making. 

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