The panel session on integrated water resource management at the second Tashkent International Investment Forum emphasized Central Asia's need for sustainable agricultural development and food security, the Ministry of Investment, Industry, and Trade reported on April 28.
The speakers underscored the alarming rise in demand for water resources, which will result in structural changes in the global economy by 2050. As a result, over 5bn people worldwide would suffer from water scarcity.
Deputy Head of Mission, Head of the Cooperation Department of the Embassy of Switzerland Rachel Besh, First Deputy Minister of Water Resources Azimjon Nazarov, and other experts deliberated on the most effective implementation measures for integrated water resources management mechanisms. Azimjon Nazarov highlighted that Uzbekistan generates only 20% of its water resources, with 80% coming from other countries.
According to the First Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Uzbekistan may face a shortfall of 7bn cubic meters of water by 2030, making rational water usage essential.
The panel session concluded that ensuring sustainable development and food security in the region requires creating appropriate legal and institutional conditions and improving access to water resources and technologies in agriculture.