SIC ICWC TOOK PART IN A ROUND TABLE DEDICATED TO THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR SAVING THE ARAL SEA
The round table dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea was held on 23rd May 2023 in Tashkent.
The event was organized by the IFAS Agency in Uzbekistan and National Water Partnership of Uzbekistan. Researchers, water practitioners, as well as representatives of international organizations, ministries and government agencies, and higher educational institutions of Uzbekistan took part in this event.
Director of SIC ICWC, D. Ziganshina presented on the “Role of ICWC Central Asia in establishing and strengthening regional water cooperation”. She underlined decisive leadership of water ministers of the Central Asian countries in building and maintaining water cooperation over the last 30 years.
For many years, the ICWC platform, with its quarterly meetings, executive bodies, and jointly implemented projects served as a space for continuous and open negotiations. Through the years water professionals, including executive bodies of ICWC, such as BWO Amu Darya, BWO Syr Darya, Scientific-Information Center, Secretariat, and Coordination-Metrological Center, advanced their skills to convince and justify their arguments in resolving water issues. ICWC also has managed to build multilateral cooperation and work with development partners. Within the framework of ICWC, bilateral cooperation has been initiated and developed in recent years for regulation of water allocation in the lower reaches of the Amu Darya River. The contribution of ICWC to development of training and research, including in such new areas as GIS, water financing, and water-heritage- culture nexus is also invaluable. Thus, the future tasks are to maintain and further develop the experience accumulated under umbrella of ICWC.
Deputy Director of SIC ICWC, A. Nazariy presented the analysis of available water supply in the riparian countries in the Amu Darya and Syr Darya basins from 1993 to 2013. The analysis shows that the countries cope better with dry periods as evidenced by greater water supply. He also shared SIC’s approaches to assessment of plausible inflow to upper reservoirs and lateral inflow through the hydrological analogue year method.