The kick-off meeting for the NPD on IWRM in Turkmenistan was held in December 2010, followed by the first Steering Committee meeting in April 2011. As part of the NPD on IWRM, an interministerial expert group was established to review the national legislation of Turkmenistan in the light of the adoption of the standards of the Water Convention, including the IWRM principles enshrined in the Convention. The group developed a detailed analysis of the national legislation and concluded that the Water Convention corresponds to the interests of Turkmenistan. In August 2012 Turkmenistan acceded to the Water Convention.
In November 2011, a national workshop on IWRM was organized to familiarize the participants with IWRM implementation in the EU and in other countries of the Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia subregion, as well as to discuss the tools and opportunities for application of IWRM principles in Turkmenistan. An international consultant was commissioned to prepare a report on the opportunities to introduce a river basin management approach in Turkmenistan.
The second Steering Committee meeting in September 2012 empowered the interministerial expert group to develop proposals for strengthening national legislation in line with IWRM principles and to review the opportunities for river basin management in the country. It also specified capacity building activities which would be instrumental for the advancement of IWRM in Turkmenistan.
During the period 2010–2012, the NPD on IWRM in Turkmenistan has been supported by Norway, EC and GIZ.
Video interview (in Russian) with Mr. Kurbangeldy BALLYEV, Representative of Turkmenistan, and Member of the Executive Committee of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, here.
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