The EU-CA regional political dialogue broadly recognizes that environmental integration is key to good governance in tackling environmental and resource challenges. It is also widely agreed that rational water management is a vital environmental challenge for the region and that there is a need to strengthen cooperation between the EU and CA in taking steps to put environmental integration into practice.
The EU response to the challenges of this sector is currently being implemented through a series of interlinked cooperation programs under the common roof of the EU Regional Environmental Program for Central Asia (EURECA), which comprises 4 components the main environmental challenges in the region including (i) the sustainable use and management of natural resources, (ii) integrated water resource management, (iii) environmental awareness raising and (iv) support to the development of the EU – CA Water and Environmental Platform aimed at facilitating enhanced regional cooperation both between the EU and Central Asia and within Central Asia.
The project’s objective is to promote and support enhanced regional co-operation to protect environmental and water resources both between the EU and Central Asia and within Central Asia as called for by the EU-CA Strategy.
Its purpose is to support the development, effectiveness and awareness of the Environment and Water Cooperation Platform as a means to facilitate enhanced regional cooperation both between the EU and Central Asia and within Central Asia.
Regional co-operation on environment and water both between EU and Central Asia and within Central Asia is being promoted.
The beneficiary countries are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Uzbekistan is included as an observer country.
Establishment of the European Union-Central Asia (EU-CA) Water and Environment Cooperation Platform (WECOOP)
Strengthening of the Institutional and Development Capacities of the Regional Institutions involved in environment and water.
Communication, Mapping and Networking.
30 months (the project started in January 2012).
For more information about the Water and Environment Cooperation Platform,
please, visit: http://www.wecoop-project.org/.