Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, April 3
By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend:
A delegation of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on a visit to Ashgabat is discussing Turkmenistan's joining the UN environmental conventions.
The delegation is led by the UNECE Deputy Executive Secretary Andrey Vasilyev, according to a message from the Turkmen government.
"The parties focused on Turkmenistan's joining the Protocol on Water and Health of the Water Convention. Aside from that, the issues of Turkmenistan's joining the UNECE environmental conventions, including the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution, the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents and several others, were also discussed," Turkmen government said.
During his visit the UNECE representative plans to hold meetings at a number of agencies of Turkmenistan and to participate in the meeting of the coordinating council of the national water policy dialogue.
Turkmenistan joined in 2012 the UN Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), dated March 17, 1992.
UNECE welcomed Turkmen parliament's decision, saying this is an important step towards strengthening the transboundary water cooperation and complex water resources management. This convention is very topical for Turkmenistan, as some 80-90 percent of its territories are covered with deserts.
Turkmenistan has borders with Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran and Afghanistan, and uses the water resources coming in from four transboundary rivers in accordance with the agreed quota. These rivers are the Amu Darya, Tejen, Atrek and Murghab.
The Amu Darya River accounts for nearly 90 percent of the total water coming to Turkmenistan.
Translated by E.A.
Edited by C.N.