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Ashgabat hosts an international conference on rational use of water resources

Ashgabat hosts an international conference on rational use of water resources

The International Conference “Rational Use of Water Resources - the Basis for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals”, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the State Committee for Water Management of Turkmenistan, has started in Ashgabat.

Experts from 10 countries, including Mongolia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, representatives of international organizations for water resources management, discussed various mechanisms for developing regional cooperation in this area, as well as shared new promising projects to raise people’s awareness of this important problem of the modern time.

  • We are convinced that only by joint actions of all states, taking into account their interests, it is possible to solve the problem of water resources, the Turkmenistan Foreign Ministry representative highlighted.
  • All 17 Sustainable Development Goals are somehow related to water. A very important aspect is how countries implement water issues in their policies, what importance they attach to this issue. I can say that Turkmenistan is confidently becoming part of the international and regional dialogue on this issue, Francois Briquet, representative of the International Organization Global Water Partnership said in an interview with ORIENT.

According to the expert, one of the important topics they will discuss at the conference will be the assessment of water resources management using special indicators. Indicators will help determine the progress made by countries on this issue.

  • I would like also to touch upon the issue of managing drought, François Briquet said. This, in my opinion, is another important issue. We have special Drought Watch software which provides a possibility to measure soil moisture in case of any problem.

  • Water is people. People plan and take decisions. Hence this means that it is through the efforts of people that we can solve the issue of climate change, the expert pointed out.

On the second day of the forum, experts will discuss the rational use of water resources in Turkmenistan, the UN Special Programme for the Aral Sea Basin, and hold an expert discussion on identifying promising areas of cooperation with the Global Water Partnership.

The capital’s guests will also have an opportunity to see forest stands with the introduction of drip irrigation systems in Ashgabat, visit the Turkmen Alabay breeding kennel, and a greenhouse complex of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment Protection of Turkmenistan.

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