In Central Asia, it is necessary to identify and assess the water-energy-food-ecosystems nexus in order to improve security of water, energy, and food supply as well as protect ecosystems from natural and manmade hazards. The study of these interconnections is a new and complex area of knowledge that requires comprehensive and in-depth training for multidisciplinary and large-scale assessments.
Resource management at the level of a single regional country is difficult because of the fragmentation and segmentation of national management structures, and the management of transboundary resources of macro-regions involving two or more countries is even more difficult because of different economic, political and social interests. To resolve such issues, an ongoing dialogue between countries to find mutual benefits and trade-offs is necessary.
Various international agreements and treaties, such as the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030, can be used to facilitate such dialogue between countries, covering a wide range of topics and issues, thus establishing a link between the different goals. Key sectors such as energy, water, agriculture, and ecosystems are vital components within the overall strategy and planning for the 2030 SDGs.
This online course is a methodological guide for higher education training. It can also be used to expand the knowledge of a broader audience, including government officials working in water management, food security, energy, ecosystem conservation, and infrastructure development. In addition, this training material can be used as an introduction to an integrated approach to addressing macro-regional challenges that go beyond a single issue.
Everyone is welcome to take the course here. After finishing the course, you can receive a certificate of completion.