Representatives from the Central Asia Office of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI-Central Asia) participated in a series of meetings to discuss the restarting of research activities in Turkmenistan. The meetings were held with officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Economy in Turkmenistan, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) program on Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia, during the period October 21-27, 2016, at the GIZ Turkmenistan Office.
The objective of the meeting was to discuss the start of the Murgab Basin Planning project in Turkmenistan, and the geographic information system (GIS) training sessions to be conducted by IWMI specialists within the framework of the GIZ program.
IWMI presented its long-standing experience in basin planning, GIS and remote sensing in Central Asia, as well as application of modern irrigation technologies in the region. At the end of the meeting, a clear plan for the GIS training sessions was drafted, and this became the base for an intensive discussion and finalization of the project plans.
Right: Prof. Frank Schrader (Technical Coordinator, GIZ); Mr. Oyture Anarbekov (Senior Research Officer, IWMI); Mr. Sarvarbek Eltazarov (GIS/RS consultant).
Left: Officials from the Mary provincial branch of the State Environment Protection and Land Resources Committee.
Photo: Sarvarbek Eltazarov