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National Workshop on IWRM in Ashgabat

National Workshop on Integrated Water Resources Management in Ashgabat

12 November 2011, Ashgabat – A National Workshop on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) was held on 12 November in Ashgabat by the Ministry of Water Economy in cooperation with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and with the assistance of the United Nations Development Programme office in Turkmenistan.

The workshop was co-chaired by deputy ministers of water economy and nature protection of Turkmenistan. Representatives of the parliament, the ministries of economy, agriculture, and justice, as well as other ministries, agencies and academia took part in the workshop. On behalf of the European Union Polish Presidency Stefan Radomski, Ambassador of Poland in Turkmenistan welcomed the workshop participants.

At the workshop, there were in-depth discussions of the application of IWRM principles and their reflection in European legislation within the European Union, as well as in the countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. There was also discussion on how IWRM principles should be promoted within the legal framework of Turkmenistan. It was proposed that in 2012 the national Water Code would be revised to include IWRM principles. It was also suggested that demonstration projects be implemented in cooperation with research and higher education institutions to train experts on how IWRM principles could be applied in practice. 

During the workshop, participants noted the importance of international cooperation in water management. In that connection, they stressed the value of Turkmenistan’s accession to the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, as well as to other important international legal instruments in the field of the environment.

The National Workshop was organized as part of the European Union (EU) Water Initiative National Policy Dialogue programme on IWRM, for which UNECE is a strategic partner. The National Policy Dialogue on IWRM in Turkmenistan is supported from funds provided by the Government of Norway.

Documents of the meeting are available at http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=21148

More information on the EU Water Initiative National Policy Dialogue on IWRM is available at the website www.unece.org/env/water/npd.html

or contact:

Ms. Gulnara Roll, EUWI Coordinator
Environment Division
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Phone : +41 (0) 22 917 22 57
Fax :    +41 (0) 22 917 06 21
E-mail: Gulnara.Roll@unece.org

Note to Editors:

The UNECE-supported National Policy Dialogues on IWRM programme assist governments of the countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia in promoting implementation of the IWRM in line with the principles of the UNECE Water Convention, the Protocol on Water and Health, the EU Water Framework Directive and other UNECE and European Union instruments.

National Policy Dialogues on IWRM are the main operational instrument of the European Union Water Initiative (EUWI), an international partnership that aims at contributing to the achievement of the water related Millennium Development Goals. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is the strategic partner to support the policy dialogue process on integrated water resources management. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is the strategic partner for water supply and sanitation.


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