Central Asia | Regional Water and Vulnerable Environment Activity (WAVE)

Man demonstrates irrigation infrastructure. Photo Credit: USAID/Uzbekistan

Water, energy, and food security are tightly interlinked in Central Asia, forming a resource nexus that transcends the borders of the five Central Asian states of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The goal of the USAID Regional Water and Vulnerable Environment (WAVE) activity is to strengthen regional capacity to manage shared water resources and mitigate environmental risks in the Syr Darya and Amu Darya River basins. The activity takes a multi-level governance approach to tackling complex regional water challenges by strengthening collaboration through stakeholder dialogues; developing a shared vision for integrated and sustainable river basin management using evidence and modeling; and fostering collaborative action across sectors and governance levels.


  • To foster a new generation of Central Asian professionals versed in principles of integrated water resources management (IWRM) and the Water – Energy- Food-Environment (WEFE) Nexus.  
  • To support long-term sustainable water management and water cooperation at the basin level for improved economic growth in the region.
  • To enhance national and regional governance for transboundary water cooperation and addressing governance needs.

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2020 - 2025
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Central Asia
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