Water management in focus of OSCE seminar in Turkmenistan

Water management in focus of OSCE seminar in Turkmenistan

An OSCE-organized online seminar “The use of innovative technologies as a key to rational water management” opened on 15 September 2020 in Ashgabat.

The OSCE Centre in Ashgabat organized the two-day event to facilitate the exchange of best practices of OSCE participating States in the area of integration and implementation of the innovative technologies for the rational distribution and management of water resources. The discussions will focus on climate change mitigation and the promotion of green values.

The event brings together officials from Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, State Committee of Water Economy and other relevant institutions. Representatives of the Executive Committee of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea and public organizations dealing with environmental issues are also attending.

The seminar addresses the importance of innovative technologies in rational water management and the benefits of nature-based solutions for agriculture water management. International experts will elaborate on developing the integrated water resources management (IWRM) focusing on international perspective and advanced experience.

“The innovative technological developments, which offer new broad opportunities for rational and sustainable water management, are crucial to the development of efficient national systems of water use and enhancement of legal and financial framework for international co-operation in the area of water management and water diplomacy,” said Natalya Drozd, Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat.

Participants will discuss scientific and technological education as a step to a holistic approach in water management and exchanged views on the importance of water for life and food.

“Our seminar was tailored based on the recommendations and outcomes of the regional seminar on sustainable water management organized by the Centre in November 2019. We look forward to new ideas to strengthen regional co-operation and to design efficient approaches to addressing water issues jointly that will result from today’s event,” said Drozd.

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