Project to assess hydro potential in the Aral Sea Basin

15 June 2020

A joint venture of Multiconsult and Deltares has been commissioned by the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia to deliver hydropower capacity building and research for the Aral Sea Basin to meet climate changes.

The project will focus on hydrological modeling of reservoirs for forecasting and assessment of hydropower potential in the Climate Adaption and Mitigation Program for the Aral Sea Basin (CAMP4ASB).

The five Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan rank among the most climate change vulnerable in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region, according to the World Bank. The countries have identified a need for capacity building on assessment of the hydropower potential of planned and existing reservoirs systems under a climate change context.

The Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program for Aral Sea Basin (CAMP4ASB) aims to enhance regionally coordinated access to improved climate change knowledge services for key stakeholders in participating Central Asian countries as well as to increased investments and capacity building that, combined, will address climate challenges common to these countries.

For the project, Multiconsult will collaborate in a Joint Venture with Deltares, and PESHSAF and TajHydro from Tajikistan. Multiconsult involvement in the project will include capacity building in modeling watercourses and the use of models to optimize and promote sustainable use of water resources.

 “We are excited to participate in this important plan for the Aral Sea Basin with Deltares, bringing together our combined hydropower and water resources management (WRM) expertise,” said Gro Dyrnes, Vice President Water Resources, Dams and Environment at Multiconsult.” Climate change and its impacts poses the greatest threat to how we live and how our environment will flourish, building resilience to climate change risks is therefore, essential. Our capacity building and research will contribute towards efforts to improve how countries manage their water resources and protect the local communities and nature from future extreme weather events.”

The project is to be completed in December 2020.

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