The European Commission has selected a consortium led by MWH, now part of Stantec, for the implementation of a project to promote the stable and peaceful sustainable development of Central Asia countries and to facilitate closer cooperation both within the region and between Central Asia and the EU. The project’s goal is to further develop and ensure effectiveness and visibility of the EU-Central Asia dialogues and cooperation on environment, climate change and water, to improve policies, increase capacities and enhance regional cooperation, between the EU and Central Asia as well as within the Central Asian region.
At its core, this project is aimed at increasing and reinforcing the cooperation between the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as enhancing the cooperation between these countries and the EU and its Member States. In practice this will mean facilitating and sustaining an active and fruitful policy dialogue through the organization of High Level Meetings and Working Groups, as well as strengthening regional and national institutions, and enabling the exchange of information and raise awareness on actions and practices in the field of environmental, water governance and climate change.
Christophe Leroy, Managing Director for MWH in Belgium: “This project offers a rare and exciting opportunity to be involved in the implementation of the EU-Central Asia Strategy. The challenges related to environment, climate change and water facing the region transcend political frontiers and are all interrelated and increasingly affected by climate change and challenges in the energy-water nexus. Our consortium is uniquely qualified and positioned to successfully implement this strategic project for our client, the European Commission. MWH has a growing presence in the region and we look forward to leveraging the experience from our ongoing work in Tajikistan with the EBRD to make this project into a success.”