On December 2, 2021, a joint Russian-Tajik meeting was held via video conference on cooperation in water use and the environment, organized by the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and the National Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan (NAST).
The meeting was attended on behalf of the RAS by RAS Vice-President Academician Irina Donnik and Academician Aleksei Zavalin, Deputy Academician-Secretary of the RAS Department of Agricultural Sciences, as well as scholars from the All-Russia Research Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Land Reclamation of A.N.Kostyakov, the Federal State Research Institution All Russia Scientific and Research Institute for Irrigation and Farming Water Supply Systems «Raduga», and the RAS Water Problems Institute.
The meeting agenda included analysis of and solutions to the Aral Sea problems, exchange of experience, best practices and technologies in the field of water management, particularly in reducing water losses and introducing fine irrigation systems for agricultural land, forecasting transboundary water flows (building a mathematical model calculating water flow rates by season) in the transboundary Amu Darya and Syr Darya river basins, reducing water losses, as well as ‘digitization’ in Tajik river basins and ensuring safety of hydraulic engineering.
In her welcoming remarks, RAS Academician Irina Donnik stressed that the meeting touched on one of the most pressing topics of our daily lives, today’s environmental and climate change problems, which are at the forefront all over the world and can only be solved by working together. «In the context of rapidly developing industrial and innovative activities, we must not forget about the environmental challenges directly related to issues of health and quality of life, sustainable economic growth and reasonable consumption of resources», Irina Donnik stressed.
Summing up the meeting, RAS Academician Aleksei Zavalin noted that, in addition to the outcome document, a joint Russian-Tajik commission must be established to coordinate cooperation between the two countries’ scholars in water use and the environment.