USAID’s Regional Water Management Forum seeks to improve regional transboundary water management and promote sustainable management practices. The Forum promotes dialogue on water issues outside of high-level inter-government channels, particularly among academia and community-level water management structures. The Forum also supports access to modern water management techniques and improves water management skills for community technicians, scientists, policymakers, civil society, and local end-users. Information-based management of current and future water resources is a focus.
The project includes two activities. The Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) activity establishes a university-led forum to promote improved sustainable management of shared water resources within the context of climate change in Central Asia. The forum will support regional seminars, workshops, and research on transboundary water in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Smart Waters, the second activity, focuses on building a cadre of water managers in Central Asia and Afghanistan to share best practices and manage water resources efficiently to obtain the best economic value from water resources over the long term. It also aims to improve water management at the community level by working in small river basins and sub-basins shared between Afghanistan and neighboring countries. Improved cross-border collaboration and a shared basic understanding of sustainable resource management practices are the expected project outcomes.