On June 17, 2021, the Director of the International Water Assessment Center (IWAC) met) Serik Akhmetov had a meeting with representatives of the USAID Regional Office, Ms. Madina Ibrasheva-Water Policy Lead and Ms. Anna Inozemtseva-Coordinator of the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Lead of the USAID Water and Environment Project.

The USAID Regional Water and Environment Project is a five-year USAID project to strengthen cooperation between the Central Asian countries and Afghanistan in the field of water resources in order to increase stability, economic prosperity and sustainable ecosystems. The project focuses on strengthening regional capacity for water resources management and reducing environmental risks in the Amu Darya and Syr Darya river basins.

The main purpose of the meeting was to introduce USAID representatives with the activities of the IWAC, as well as to identify possible areas of cooperation within the framework of the USAID Regional project. Mr. Akhmetov gave a detailed presentation on the goals and results of the IWAC. In addition, he presented the main directions of the IWAC’s Program of Work for 2022-2024.

In turn, representatives of the USAID Regional office shared information about the main directions, expected results, as well as upcoming events planned within the framework of this project. They also highlighted the importance of cross-sectoral cooperation in addressing complex regional water issues. For example, the project has established National Intersectoral Committees in each country in the region. In general, the main idea of the project was an approach based on national interests leading to regional cooperation.

At the end of the meeting, the two sides agreed to explore and consider opportunities for further cooperation within the framework of the USAID Regional Project on Water Resources and the Environment.