Triggering cooperation across the food-water-energy nexus in Central Asia

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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 region and from the international community, to discuss integrated resource challenges in the Amu Darya basin, and to develop potential solutions to address these challenges. Outcomes of the workshop included five individual Nexus Action Plans, which addressed identified problems with fully-fledged project proposals.

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The report is structured as follows:

Section two provides an overview of the countries abutting the Amu Darya River, including Afghanistan, 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.

Sections four and five reflect the flow and outcomes of the workshop proceedings, respectively dedicated to problem identification (Day 1) and solutions (Day 2). Section six presents the Nexus Action Plans in the form of detailed project proposals elaborated with specifics on funding, potential partners and ways to move forward. This section also presents the opinions of a high-level panel, which evaluated these Nexus Action Plans and spoke on sustainability issues more broadly. The report concludes with information on necessary next steps.