Regional Environment Programme


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Regional Environment Programme



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Lead Organization(s)

EC (Aidco)

Project Partners



Total: 4m EUR for 2008, 12m EUR planned for 2009-2013

Sources of Financing:


2008 - 2013


Under implementation

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The global objective of the “Regional Environment Programme in five Central Asian countries” programme is to address the sustainability of the environment in Central Asia and to create a positive impact on the socio-economic wellbeing of the populations, by strengthening the cross border cooperation on the use and management of transboundary aquifers, and thus diminishing some of the tensions related to competition in the allocation of surface water resources.

For the 2 projects adopted in 2008, the specific objectives are as follows:

  1. The formulation, development and adoption of joint measures for the sustainable use and management of transboundary aquifers in the context of the principles of IWRM. The measures will be based on, a more detailed assessment of the 18 aquifer bodies, identified in all five countries, in the 2007 UNECE regional inventory, on filling gaps in data and information, and formulation of sound management policies, aimed at poverty alleviation and socio-economic development in the beneficiary countries.
  2. The development of strategic plans for the Ferghana Valley that integrate transboundary aquifers (in the three countries) into conjunctive use of water resources, leading to improved water and land management and aimed at protection of livelihoods of the local communities.

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See also

  1. A comprehensive study on glacial melting in Central Asia
  2. Amu Darya Assessment of Environment and Security Linkages and Impact
  3. Amu Darya Water Quality Assessment and Management
  4. An Action Plan for Improving Weather and Climate Service Delivery in High-Risk, Low Income Countries
  5. Aral Sea Basin Capacity Development Project
  6. Bishkek and Osh Urban Infrastructure Project
  7. Bukhara & Samarquand Water Supply Project
  9. Canal Automation in Ferghana Valley
  10. Capacity Building of Water Users for Sustainable Development in the Aral Sea Basin
  11. Capacity for Water Cooperation Project
  12. Central Asia – Regional and National Water Sector Review
  13. Central Asian Gateway
  14. Community Agriculture & Watershed Management GEF Project
  15. Community Agriculture & Watershed Management Project
  16. Cross Border Impacts of Vahksh River Basin Development
  17. Dam safety in Central Asia: capacity building and sub-regional cooperation
  18. Developing Sustainable Hydro Technology in Kyrgyzstan
  19. Development of Ili-Balkhash Basin Integrated Management Plan
  20. Drainage, Irrigation & Wetlands Improvement Project - Phase 1
  21. Dushanbe Water Supply Project
  22. East-Caspian Assessment of Environment and Security Linkages and Impact
  23. Enhancing regional exchange of water resource information (CAREWIB phase II)
  24. Establishing a dialogue involving all key stakeholders to improve implementation and sustainability of rural drinking water projects in Tajikistan
  25. Ferghana Valley Water Resource Management
  26. Ferghana Valley Water Resources Management Phase-I
  27. Ferghana Valley Water Resources Management Project
  28. Harmonization and Approximation of Water Standards and Norms in Central Asia
  29. IWRM and transboundary dialogue in Central Asia
  30. Improved Management of Water Resources in Central Asia II
  31. Integrated Water Resources Management Ferghana Valley
  32. Karakol Water Supply Project
  33. Kazakhstan Water Sector Study TA (P090048)
  34. Local multi-sectoral efforts for the CAI Water Dialogue
  35. MSGP Projects in Iran
  36. Microbiological safety of drinking water
  37. Municipal Infrastructure Development Project
  38. National IWRM and Water Efficiency Plan for Kazakhstan
  39. National IWRM and Water Efficiency Planning in the Central Asian Region
  40. National Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Efficiency Plan for Uzbekistan
  41. Nura River Clean-Up Project
  42. Promoting Cooperation to Adapt to Climate Change in the Chu-Talas Transboundary Basin
  43. Promoting IWRM and Fostering Transboundary Dialogue in Central Asia
  44. Regional Rural Water Supply Project (SDC)
  45. Roadmap of the Kyrgyz National Policy Dialogue (NPD) on IWRM
  46. Rural Enterprise Support Project II
  47. Rural Water Supply & Sanitation 2
  48. Second Irrigation and Drainage Improvement Project
  49. Second On-farm Irrigation Project
  50. Setting up a Project Formulation and Coordination Support group for sustainable transboundary management of radioactive waste in Central Asia
  51. Small Towns Infrastructure & Capacity Building Project
  52. Syr Darya Control and Northern Aral Sea Project - Phase I
  53. Syr Darya Control and Northern Aral Sea Project - Phase II
  54. Syr Darya Water Supply Project
  55. Tajikistan WSS Strategy
  56. The Swiss Support to Hydro-meteorological Services in the Aral Sea basin Project
  57. Transboundary Waters Management Experience in Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (TWME-ECCA)
  58. UNEP Support Programm for CA Countries on Johannesburg Plan and IWRM Plan by 2005
  59. Ust Kamenogorsk-Environmental Remediation Project
  60. Utilities Reform Study
  61. Uzbekistan Bukhara and Samarkand Sewerage Project
  62. Uzbekistan WSS Strategy
  63. Water Flume Metres for Water User Associations
  64. Water Governance in Central Asia
  65. Water Management Improvement Project (WMIP), Kyrgyzstan
  66. Water Productivity Improvement at Plot Level
  67. Water Resources Management Project, Uzbekistan
  68. Water Sector Investment Planning Study
  69. Water Unites Central Asian Programme
  70. Water-Energy Nexus in Central Asia
  71. Water/Energy Dialogue

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