Launch of the National Policy Dialogue (NPD): 2010

NPD Chair: Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UNECE: -

Current priority areas:

  • Restart of the NPD process which stopped in 2015
  • Support to the development of a necessary legal framework for implementation of the principles of the new Water Code and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

Key achievements:

  • An inter-ministerial expert group was established in 2010 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 a National Water Code in order to enact necessary legal changes in line with the Water Convention and principles of IWRM. The National Water Code was adopted in 2016 by 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 UNECE-WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health and the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents.


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)