Benefits of regional co-operation on the energy-water-land use nexus transformation
in Central Asia
The “energy, water and land use nexus” approach has been attracting attention of
policy makers, development practitioners and academia in Central Asia as a tool to
facilitate regional and cross-sectoral co-operation for climate action and resource
security. However, further work is still needed to better understand economic and
non-economic benefits of the nexus approach, and integrate it into policy processes
in the countries. Based on desk research and consultations with stakeholders in Central
Asia, this paper aims to highlight several possible action points for promoting the
energy-water-land use nexus approach in the face of a changing climate in the region.
This paper was developed as part of a project entitled “Regional mechanisms for the low-carbon, climate-resilient transformation of the energy-water-land use nexus in Central Asia” (the nexus project). The development of the paper was informed by exchange with a diverse range of stakeholders all with a stake in the security of energy, water, food and land resources within the region. This paper informed discussion at a high-level policy dialogue, held in Tashkent on 15 October 2021, with nominated senior decision makers from each of the Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.