Reps of regional councils, int’l organizations mulling water issues in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan Materials 26 June 2019 13:27 (UTC +04:00)

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, June 26

By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:

The Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia organized the workshop in Turkmenistan’s Mary city dedicated to the activity of small regional councils dealing with the issues related to Murghab River, Trend reports referring to the Turkmen Foreign Ministry.

The representatives of small regional councils dealing with the issues related to Murghab River of Central Asia and Afghanistan, as well as international organizations attended the workshop, organized by the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS).

The purpose of the workshop is the mutual exchange of experience on the development of the basins of the rivers.

During the workshop, it is planned to review the achievements of the council dealing with the issues related to the Murghab river basin.

The main sources of water resources used in agriculture and industry, the generation of electricity and the supply of drinking water to the population in Central Asia are rivers and almost all of them are transboundary rivers.

The Interstate Coordination Water Management Commission has been established within the IFAS.

The Commission is responsible for accounting and protecting water resources and monitoring their rational use.

Turkmenistan borders Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran and Afghanistan and uses water resources coming in accordance with agreed quotas from four trans-boundary rivers, namely, Amu Darya, Tejen, Atrek and Murghab.