The High-Level Policy Dialogue on Energy-Water-Land Use Nexus in Central Asia took place on 15 October 2021 in Tashkent, and brought together Central Asian representatives for an exchange of views on cooperation opportunities concerning long-term energy, water and land use policies and the development of sustainable, climate-resilient national and regional infrastructure to support the “nexus”.
Central Asia is a hot spot where climate change is already threatening the environment and the natural resource base on which the region’s future socioeconomic development relies. Central Asia is also imbalanced in terms of the distribution of arable land, water resources, fossil fuel deposits, climate and topography across the region. Central planning under the Soviet Union mitigated some of these imbalances, but also led to unsustainable use of natural resources including over exploitation of land and water.
Ahead of the COP26 UN Climate Conference in Glasgow in November 2021, the countries of Central Asia have been addressing the close links between climate change and the energy-water-land “nexus” in the region. There is currently strong momentum for regional cooperation in Central Asia as demonstrated by several successful joint actions, projects and initiatives.
MEETING DOCUMENTS and presentations
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ORGANISATION AND SUPPORT
The High-Level meeting was organised by the OECD GREEN Action Task Force with support from the Government of Germany.