Regional Training Workshop on Water Cooperation in Central Asia

When :

from Tuesday 20 November, 2018
to Friday 23 November, 2018

Type of event :

Category 7-Seminar and Workshop

Where :

Tashkent Irrigation institute, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Contact :

The UNESCO Tashkent Office and the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP), in cooperation with the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers (TIIAME) and the UNESCO Almaty Office, are organizing a Regional Training Workshop on Water Cooperation in Central Asia taking place on 20-22 November 2018 in TIIAME.

Building up on the successful outcomes of the training workshop “Legal and Institutional Aspects of Water Governance: from the International to the Domestic Perspective” organized by UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP) on 6-9 July 2015 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, a follow up regional training workshop on “Water Cooperation in Central Asia” is foreseen on 20-22 November 2018 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The training workshop will consider several elements that are crucial ingredients to built successful shared waters cooperation. The training workshop will provide capacity-building exercises, including those also focusing on international law, negotiations, and alternative dispute resolution techniques. It is in this context that this regional training is being designed for high-level water decision makers on water conflict management and cooperation from Central Asian Countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). The workshop will be conducted by eminent experts from Oregon State University (USA) and the University of Geneva (Switzerland) and will be divided in two parts:

20-21 November 2018: This two-day tailored training is designed to address water cooperation and to present existing modules to learn how to prevent potential water disputes. The course will assess through case studies in different regions how stakeholders have addressed water cooperation challenges. Discussions on the water nexus, water conflict management strategies, groundwater governance, and negotiation principles will enhance the collaborative skillset of participants. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in gaming exercises, to collectively develop the benefits of direct communication in transboundary water management. Group discussions will focus on strategies for identifying shared values and building negotiation skills.

- 22 November 2018: In this training, participants will focus on opportunities to enhance dialogue, synergies, and benefits related to the Water Nexus, and how it can be harnessed to enhance dialogue and synergies. The training will then continue with gaming exercises, in which for example scientists from neighbouring countries come to differing conclusions about the state of the groundwater situation, thus illuminating challenges particular to shared jurisdictions. Participants will also develop understanding of a “collaboration compact,” including the importance of components of such “living” agreements and why they can be beneficial. Finally, participants will collaboratively develop principles for the co-management of a hypothetical transboundary aquifer.