The CAREC Institute and UNICEF held a webinar on 31 March 2021 to share key takeaways from the research on development of sustainable water and sanitation systems in rural areas of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
The research team, representatives of multilateral development organizations, and government representatives deliberated on WASH policies, institutions and practices, financing and economic aspects, community-based water schemes, and recommendations for legal and institutional development of the WASH sector, capacity building needs, knowledge sharing, and innovative approaches to WASH management in the CAREC region.
The participants discussed how to ensure safe water and sanitation for vulnerable CAREC populations in the post-pandemic period. The COVID-19 pandemic brought the social infrastructure to the forefront and opened an opportunity for investment in CAREC region. The speakers elaborated on future cooperation needs, challenges, and priorities to support member countries in post-pandemic recovery.