Coordination Group on a Regional Space for Water and Environmental Information in Central Asia

The objective of the Group is to provide guidance for and coordinate the work on a regional space for water and environmental information in Central Asia.

The common information space could cover the following issues:

  • use of surface and groundwater resources,
  • management of transboundary water flows,
  • water law and policy,
  • integrated water resources management,
  • land degradation and desertification,
  • flood control,
  • climate change and its effects on water resources,
  • degradation of glaciers,
  • hydro-electricity,
  • water supply and canalization,
  • ecological conditions of water flows,
  • quality and accessibility of water,
  • forecasting of river flows,
  • land reclamation, irrigation and drainage,
  • sustainable development,
  • green growth,
  • relationship between water, energy, and food security,
  • gender.

The regional space is to provide open, comprehensive, easy to interpret information in a transparent manner and in agreed format to the Governments of Central Asian countries and the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea and its organizations and institutions as a decision support tool (information for policy implementation and assessment). The information space should also serve public participation: the academic community, education institutions and the civil society should have free access to information with the possible exception of data that has been declared confidential in accordance with agreed rules.