The Workshop is organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in the framework of the UNECE Programme “Regional Dialogue and Cooperation on Water Resources Management in Central Asia” supported by the Government of Germany through GIZ. Organizational support to the meeting is provided by the Executive Board of the International Fund for saving the Aral Sea in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The meeting is organised in collaboration with the French project on transboundary basin data management (FFEM project).
UNECE has initiated an analysis of water information on the regional level in Central Asia. It is not the intention to come up with suggestions for a new separate track of activities; the objective is to support regional institutions and representatives of five Central Asian countries in their efforts to improve data management and exchange, and identify opportunities for coordination between various projects and initiatives. The analysis will be finalised and distributed in the beginning of 2012 as a contribution to the implementation of the information-related activities of the Aral Sea Basin Programme 3.
The Workshop brings together governmental representatives from hydrometeorological and water authorities of the five Central Asian countries, as well as non-governmental and international organizations active in water and water monitoring. The objectives are to discuss and share information about:
- On-going and planned water-related information initiatives in Central Asia;
- Principles for further development of water information management on the regional and the bilateral levels, and
- Opportunities for coordination between different organizations and projects.
List of participants
Press release "UNECE workshop to improve quality and access to information on transboundary water resources in Central Asia"
Issues paper “Stronger supply, clever demand: vision for water and environmental information in Central Asia” (December 2011)
Paper "Water information in Central Asia - A framework for future development" (March 2012)
Introduction: Managing water information in Central Asia
Mr. Bo Libert, Regional Adviser, UN Economic Commission for Europe
Capacity building in data administration for assessing transboundary water resources in the EECCA
Mr. Paul Haener, Head of Water Information Systems Department, International Office for Water, France
Supporting transboundary cooperation and river basin plans through data management for IWRM in Central Asia
Mr. Iskandar Abdullaev, Regional Advisor, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Central Asian countries initiative on land management (CACILM)
Mr. Reinhard Bodemeyer, Programme Director, Regional Natural Resources Programme, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS): Europe's new approach to environmental information
Mr. Nickolai Denisov, Senior Associate, and Mr. Viktor Novikov, Project Manager, Zoї environmental network
Accessible and transparent data for energy-water analysis: lessons from the international community
Ms. Daryl Fields, Senior Water Resources Specialist, Energy Unit Europe and Central Asia, World Bank
Regional energy security information system
Mr. Oleg Ryaskov, Regional Manager, Regional Energy Security, Efficiency and Trade Program (RESET), USAID
Regional information activities of the Regional Center for Hydrology
Ms. Svetlana Shivareva, Executive Director, Regional Center for Hydrology under the Executive Committee of the International Fund for saving the Aral Sea
Central Asia regional water information base (CAREWIB)
Mr. Iskander Beglov, Senior Specialist, Manager of CAREWIB project, Scientific-Information Center of Interstate Coordination Water Commission of Central Asia (SIC ICWC)
Water user associations information needs
Mr. Jusipbek Kazbekov, Scientific Adviser, International Water Management Institute
Stronger supply, clever demand: vision for water and environmental information in Central Asia
Mr. Nickolai Denisov, Senior Associate, Zoї environmental network and Mr. Bo Libert, Regional Adviser, UN Economic Commission for Europe