Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan discussed issues related to cleaning the ecosystem of the Tuyamuyun hydroscheme during online talks. Representatives of the working group of experts of the Regional Ecological Center, which implements the European Union project "Nexus Dialogue" in the Central Asian region, took part in the event. The participants of the meeting noted that the works conducted at this transboundary facility will improve the life of the inhabitants of the Amudarya River basin. Specialists also discussed difficulties related to flooding at the Tuyamuyun hydroscheme.
The above facility lies on the Turkmen-Uzbek border and is a perfect example of the interconnectedness of three key aspects of the Nexus approach - water, energy and food. This transboundary waterworks facility provides seasonal regulation of water volumes in the Amu Darya. In addition, it is a source of life-giving moisture and energy for farmers, whose main activities are focused on the cultivation of wheat, gourds, cotton and fish farming.
However, due to the natural process of siltation, effective water use is difficult. And this problem, unfortunately, is typical for almost all water bodies of Central Asia.
The participants of the working group discussed the list of necessary works and technical measures aimed at pumping sediments in the channel reservoir. It was agreed to carry out assessment of existing risks and climatic insecurity for this site. The parties intend to prepare a plan of measures for adaptation.
Nekus is a demo project, the main task of which is to discover financial and technical opportunities that will help to solve the main problem of the Tuyamuyun hydroscheme, namely flooding of the channel water reservoir. Both the State Committee of Water Management of Turkmenistan and the Ministry of Water Management of Uzbekistan will support the implementation. The project was launched in February this year and is planned to be completed in December 2022.
Participants of the working group, which was composed of experts from relevant ministries of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in addition to the management of the Tuyamuyun hydroscheme, emphasized that implementation of this project will strengthen and expand the Turkmen-Uzbek cooperation in the water sector, and efforts and funds invested in it will certainly justify itself.