Promoting IWRM and Fostering Transboundary Dialogue in Central Asia

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Project ID

Project Title

Promoting IWRM and fostering transboundary dialogue in Central Asia

Focus Areas

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

Geographic Scope

Lead Organization(s)

Project Partners

Financing

Total: $5,400,000;

Sources of Financing: European Commission

Timeframe

2009 - 2012

Status

Ongoing

Project website(s)

Contacts

Regional Coordinator: Natalia Alexeeva

Information Officer: Aigerim Duimagambetova Kazakhstan: Stanislav Kim; Kyrgyzstan: Zharas Takenov; Tajikistan: Sukhrob Khoshmukhamedov

Contents

Description

For background information refer to Central Asia – Regional and National Water Sector Review

Several regional agreements have proven ineffective and sector donors are refocusing on bi-lateral agreements and building national IWRM capacity. While the Aral Sea Basin is closed (water is limiting) developed land, equipped with functional infrastructure, is the resource. Therefore, rather than absolute scarcity, improved governance and sectoral service delivery are among the key water management challenges in Central Asia.

The project – building on successful experience with introducing IWRM in Kazakhstan – will aim to promote transboundary dialogue and sustainable water resources management in Central Asia through interventions at national level (mainly involving Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan), and at transboundary level (mainly involving Kazakhstan and China).

In Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, the objective will be to develop and implement national integrated water resources management and water efficiency strategies (IWRM Strategies) at national and basin level. In doing this, the project will focus on concrete interventions to improve: irrigated agriculture, rural water supply and sanitation, and small-scale hydropower service delivery, under the umbrella of IWRM governance and institutional reform. In the Ili-Balkhash River Basin, the aim is to foster transboundary dialogue and enhance cooperation between Kazakhstan and the People’s Republic of China for improved management of the shared River Basin system and its resources. On a regional level, the programme aims at efficient and effective projects management, knowledge exchange as well as trans-regional coordination and capacity building interventions.


Indicative Activities

Output 1 Developing and implementing IWRM Strategies in Kyrgyzstan
    • Gravity Irrigation Demonstration Projects
    • Irrigation Investment Strategies, Plans and Financial Policies
    • Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) Demonstration Project(s)
    • Small Transboundary Sub-basin management agreement
    • Participatory International River Basin Management Processes (IRBM) Processes
    • Other Priority Demonstration Projects
    • International River Basin Management Processes (IRBM) Institutional Reforms
Output 2 Developing and implementing IWRM Strategies in Tajikistan
    • Pumped Irrigation Demonstration Projects
    • Irrigation Investment Strategies, Plans and Financial Policies
    • Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) Demonstration Project(s)
    • Rural WSS Investment Strategies, Plans and Financial Policies
    • Small-scale Hydropower (SSH) Investment Strategies, Plans and Financial Policies
    • Small Transboundary Sub-basin management agreement
    • Participatory International River Basin Management Processes (IRBM) Processes
    • Other Priority Demonstration Projects
    • International River Basin Management Processes (IRBM) Institutional Reforms
Output 3 Transboundary Dialogue and Cooperation in the Ili-Balkhash River Basin
    • Functional Bilateral Commission and framework agreements
    • Documentation and IWRM RB master plan
    • Public engagement


Output 4 Regional Dialogue, IWRM Governance and Sector Capacity Building
    • Pan-regional programme management and project coordination
    • Capacity Building, advocacy and other Sector Activity Support
    • Knowledge Management (codification, exchange and promotion of experience)

Expected Outcomes

Achievements: Results and Impact

Lessons for Replication

References

See also

  1. Decentralization of Water Decision Making
  2. Category:Toolkit
  3. Image:WWDR3AralSea.png
  4. Template:IWRM in Central Asia Toolkit
  5. CAWSCI/Processes and Initiatives
  6. CAWSCI/Participating Partners
  7. Roadmap of the Kyrgyz National Policy Dialogue (NPD) on IWRM
  8. Fostering Transboundary Dialogue by Developing and Implementing National IWRM and Water Efficiency Strategies in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
  9. IWRM and transboundary dialogue in Central Asia
  10. Kazakhstan National integrated water resources management and water efficiency plan (phase 2)
  11. National Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Efficiency Plan for Uzbekistan
  12. Preparatory Assistance for IWRM in Uzbekistan
  13. UNEP Support Programm for CA Countries on Johannesburg Plan and IWRM Plan by 2005
  14. Compliance and Performance in International Waters - Central Asia
  15. Speedup of the Integrated Water Resources Management Objectives-2005 Implementation in Central Asia
  16. IWRM - THE BASIS FOR CONFLICT PREVENTION IN CENTRAL ASIA
  17. The Process of Preparing a National IWRM and Water Efficiency Plan for Kazakhstan - Report
  18. Experience: The Process of Preparing a National IWRM and Water Efficiency Plan for Kazakhstan
  19. Stakeholder Participation in River Basin Councils - Kazakhstan
  20. SIC ICWC/publications
  21. IWRM in Central Asia
  22. Central Asia – Regional and National Water Sector Review
  23. Turkmenistan/sector assessment
  24. CAWSCI
  25. CAWSCI/Programmes, Projects and Interventions

External Resources

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