This paper is a report on Triggering Cooperation Across the Food-Water-Energy Nexus in Central Asia, a workshop convened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the International Water Association (IWA) and the EastWest Institute (EWI).
This meeting, held on July 15- 17, 2014, in Istanbul, Turkey, brought together over 50 experts from the Central Asian re- gion and from the international community, to discuss integrated resource challenges in the Amu Darya basin, and to develop poten- tial solutions to address these challenges. Outcomes of the workshop included five indi- vidual Nexus Action Plans, which addressed identified problems with fully-fledged project proposals.
The report is structured as follows: section two provides an overview of the countries abutting the Amu Darya River, including Af- ghanistan, focusing in particular on natural resource management issues within their overall development context. Section three outlines the structure and methodology of the workshop and situates the meeting in the context of other Nexus Dialogues convened by IUCN and IWA as well as prior work by the Amu Darya Basin Network. Section four and five reflect the flow and outcomes of the workshop proceedings, respectively dedicat- ed to problem identification (Day 1) and solu- tions (Day 2). Section six presents the Nexus Action Plans in the form of detailed project proposals elaborated with specifics on fund- ing, potential partners and ways to move for- ward. This section also presents the opinions of a high-level panel, which evaluated these Nexus Action Plans and spoke on sustainabil- ity issues more broadly. The report concludes with information on necessary next steps.