On April 1, 2021, the International Water Assessment Center (IWAC) participated in the introductory workshop on the launch of the USAID Regional Project on Water and the Environment in Kazakhstan. The new five-year activity is aimed to strengthen regional cooperation between the five countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan on the management of shared water resources and mitigate environmental risks in the Syr Darya and Amu Darya river basins.

Participants discussed national and regional challenges facing the management of shared water resources in the water-energy-food NEXUS, and recognized the important role that the new USAID Regional Water and Vulnerable Environment activity will play to address those challenges. The participants also highlighted the importance of taking into account the specifics of regional cooperation in the context of climate change in Central Asia, ensuring high-quality monitoring in the Syrdarya and Amu Darya river basins, and taking into account the experience of other countries in addressing their transboundary issues.

The meeting was organized by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Representatives from the ministries of Ministries of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources, Agriculture, Energy, Foreign Affairs, National Economy, and Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, international organizations, regional water organizations, civil society, private sector, academic and research institutions participated in the event.