Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan

NPD launched: 2010

NPD Chair: Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources

MOU with UNECE: -

Current priority areas:

  • Convergence of national water management legislation and processes with the EU WFD, including the principles of IWRM and river basin management.
  • Key areas of work include the review of existing national legislation and the development of a new National Water Code.

Key achievements:

  • An inter-ministerial expert group was established to review the national legislation with a view to adopting the standards of the Water Convention. The group concluded that the Water Convention corresponds to the interests of the country and in August 2012, Turkmenistan acceded to the Water Convention.
  • In 2013, the inter-ministerial expert group started drafting National Water Code in order to enact necessary legal changes in line with the Water Convention and principles of IWRM. The adoption of the National Water Code is in the 2016 work plan of Mejlis, the National Parliament.
  • Capacity building workshops have been organized in 2014 and 2015 to introduce two UNECE legal instruments directly linked to water management - the Protocol on Water and Health and the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents.

Plans for the future:

  • UNECE will continue its support to development of necessary legal framework for implementation of the principles of new Water Code and IWRM.
  • Based on the successful work related to Turkmenistan’s accession to the Water Convention in 2012, an elaboration of the possibility to join the Protocol on Water and Health and the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents and the Protocol on Water and Health will be supported.
  • The roadmap for implementation of the IWRM principles in Turkmenistan will be is expected to be developed with assistance of UNECE in 2016-2017.

Meetings

Capacity building workshop on the UNECE-WHO/EUROPE Protocol on Water and Health and its links with global monitoring programme for water supply and sanitation (1 April 2015)

The 5th NPD Steering Committee meeting (31 March 2015)

National seminar on the transboundary industrial accidents and water under the EUWI National Policy Dialogue (9-10 October 2014)

National seminar on the Protocol on Water and Health under the EUWI National Policy Dialogue (7-8 October 2014)

The 4th NPD Steering Committee meeting (3 April 2014)

The 3rd NPD Steering Committee meeting (5 April 2013)

The 2nd NPD Steering Committee meeting (27 September 2012)

National seminar on IWRM under the EU Water Initiative NPD in Turkmenistan  (12 November 2011)

Expert group meetings for analysis of needs in enhancement of legal and institutional bases of water management in Turkmenistan  (02 September - 19 November 2011)

The 1st NPD Steering Committee meeting (02 April 2011)

National Seminar “Strengthening IWRM and transboundary water cooperation: the role of UNECE conventions and of the EU Water Initiative NPD” in Turkmenistan  (06 - 07 December 2010)

Documents and Publications

Proposal for implementation of the river basin management approach in Turkmenistan (April 2013) in English and in Russian

National Policy Dialogues on Integrated Water Resources Management in Turkmenistan in 2010 (October 2011)