G-1408

Water Diplomacy Scholar #4

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Project Description

Region: Asia

Country: Turkmenistan

Location: Multiple

Total Budget: $54,000

Area of Focus: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution


The Aral Sea Basin is shared by five Central Asian Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Additionally the basin includes parts of Afghanistan and a small part of Iran. Due to lack of regional planning exacerbated by the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Aral Sea has suffered from one of the worst environmental degradations on our planet. Beyond the loss of 60 kilometers of the Aral Sea shoreline, the lack of cooperation between the upstream countries and downstream countries has resulted in lost opportunities for mutual benefit water management, mis-allocation of resources for agricultural management, lost opportunities for much needed hydro-electric development and the probability of severe water shortages affecting increasing populations.

Additionally, lack of regional planning puts citizens of several countries at risk of serious loss of life or displacement of large populations for not undertaking any risk mitigation for the eventual breach of the earthquake-created dam holding back large volumes of water in Lake Sarez.

On two occasions, The Rotary Foundation has sponsored workshops in conjunction with UNESCO-IHE and additional agencies to bring together appropriate representative professionals from the seven countries in the Aral Sea Basin to consider a framework for addressing transboundary water conflict management. We have been advised by professionals in the field that this is the first diplomacy-based workshop involving Aral Sea Basin participants. The workshops were hosted by UNESCO-IHE, the first in October of 2014 and the second in December 2016. It is anticipated that additional workshops will take place sponsored by regional or international agencies to continue to move the dialogue forward towards long term positive outcomes.

In conjunction with these efforts, an academic program has been identified whereby students from the Aral Sea Basin countries can study at the graduate level and the knowledge gained can be used to develop a diplomatic framework to address the challenging and conflicting transboundary Aral Sea Basin issues. This program, the Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Program involves the University for Peace in Costa Rica, IHE-Delft (formerly UNESCO-IHE), and Oregon State University.

The cost of the 18 month program is approximately US$60,000 with the next academic year commencing the Fall of 2018. At this time we are hoping to find funding for one student from each of the five Central Asian countries, and Afghanistan to go through the program as a cohort. Through Rotary, this can be funded by a donation of $22.500 DDF matched by Rotary totalling $45,000. We are advised the participating universities will fund the difference.

Primary Host Partner

District: 1600

Rotary Club of: Voorburg-Vliet

Primary Contact: Henk Jaap

Email: henkjaapkloosterman@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5340

Rotary Club of: Blythe

Primary Contact: Wayne Cusick

Email: waynecusick@gmail.com

Project Status

Approved
This project is "Approved". This means the application has been approved by The Rotary Foundation, and the project is ready for implementation.

Project listed for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1870033.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project

Date

Cash

DDF

Total

District 5770 DDF

2-Apr-18

-

$15,000

$15,000

Baltimore (7620)

2-Apr-18

$4,000

$3,000

$7,000

Blythe (5340)

2-Apr-18

$2,000

-

$2,000

San Diego Downtown Breakfast (5340)

12-Apr-18

$6,000

-

$6,000

Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation

$6,000

$18,000

$24,000

Total

$54,000

DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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History Log Entries

3-Sep-17

by Pam Russell

System Entry: Creation of project page.

16-Oct-17

by Pam Russell

System Entry: Pledge of $22,500 DDF by Dick Elixman of District 5100.

16-Oct-17

by Pam Russell

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

9-Jan-18

by Pam Russell

We have just received a list of applicants for the scholarship! All six countries have applicants. We will now begin the process of writing up the application for the global grant.

15-Feb-18

by Pam Russell

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

15-Feb-18

by Pam Russell

System Entry: Pledge of $35,000 by Pam Russell of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, District 5340.

15-Feb-18

by Pam Russell

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

10-Mar-18

by Pam Russell

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

10-Mar-18

by Pam Russell

System Entry: Pledge of $2,000 by Wayne Cusick of the Rotary Club of Blythe, District 5340.

10-Mar-18

by Pam Russell

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

26-Mar-18

by Pam Russell

System Entry: Pledge of $5,000 DDF by Chuck Root of the Rotary Club of Medford, District 5110.

2-Apr-18

by Pam Russell

System Entry: Pledge of $15,000 DDF by Mike Blevins of the Rotary Club of Ada, District 5770.

2-Apr-18

by Pam Russell

System Entry: Pledge of $3,000 with $3,000 DDF by Marcia Middleton of the Rotary Club of Baltimore, District 7620.

2-Apr-18

by Pam Russell

System Entry: Pledge of $2,000 by Wayne Cusick of the Rotary Club of Blythe, District 5340.

2-Apr-18

by Pam Russell

System Entry: Pledge of by Mel Gallegos of the Rotary Club of San Diego Downtown Breakfast, District 5340.

2-Apr-18

by Pam Russell

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

12-Apr-18

System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $6,000 by Mel Gallegos of the Rotary Club of San Diego Downtown Breakfast, District 5340.

12-Apr-18

System Entry

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

12-Jun-18

by Pam Russell

System Entry: Application Sent to The Rotary Foundation through Member Access.

12-Jun-18

by Pam Russell

System Entry: Application approved by The Rotary Foundation.

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