Syr Darya Control and Northern Aral Sea Project - Phase II


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Project ID

WB: P093825

Project Title

Syr Darya Control and Northern Aral Sea Project - Phase II


Loan to GOVERNMENT OF KAZAKHSTAN, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan

Focus Areas

Sector: Flood protection (40%); General agriculture, fishing and forestry

sector (40%); Irrigation and drainage (20%)

Geographic Scope

Lead Organization(s)

Project Partners

Implementing Agency: Committee for Water Resources


Total: $300,000,000

Sources of Financing: World Bank loan


Expected approval date: March 26, 2009


Preparatory phase

Project website(s)




The project development objective (PDO) of the proposed Syr Darya Control and Northern Aral Sea Project - Phase 2 (SYNAS-2) would be to improve water resources management in the Kazakh part of the Syr Darya Basin. The achievement of the PDO would increase the timely irrigation water supply to agricultural areas, increase fisheries production, and enhance human safety, the environment, and the general well-being of the population living around the NAS. The preliminary key indicators include: (i) water supply to the major irrigation areas along the Syr Darya according to agreed contracts between the CWR and water management organizations; (ii) inflows into the NAS maintained at a level that keeps salinity levels below 10 gr/ltr; (iii) fresh-fish catches of at least 5,000 ton/year by the end of the project; (iv) floods with levels less than the design return period can be passed safely by the Syr Darya; and (v) evidence of high satisfaction rates among people around the NAS with their living conditions.

Expected Outcomes

The proposed SYNAS-2 would be designed to improve further the environmental and economic conditions along the Syr Darya and the NAS. It would build on the work done under SYNAS-1. This would be achieved by focusing more on integrated water resources management in the basin, which would require a number of structural interventions and strengthening the institutional and management capacity for integrated water resources management in the basin. The proposed components, with a total project cost estimated at about US$300 million (including contingencies and miscellaneous costs), are described below.

Component A - Rehabilitation of Northern Aral Sea and Delta Lakes

Component B - Improving Conveyance Capacity of the Syr Darya

Component C - Improving Safety of Chardara Dam

Component D - Improving Water Resources Management in the Syr Darya

Component E – Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Audits and Training

Achievements: Results and Impact

Lessons for Replication



See also

  1. An Action Plan for Improving Weather and Climate Service Delivery in High-Risk, Low Income Countries
  2. Bishkek and Osh Urban Infrastructure Project
  3. Bukhara & Samarquand Water Supply Project
  4. Community Agriculture & Watershed Management GEF Project
  5. Community Agriculture & Watershed Management Project
  6. Cross Border Impacts of Vahksh River Basin Development
  7. Drainage, Irrigation & Wetlands Improvement Project - Phase 1
  8. Dushanbe Water Supply Project
  9. Ferghana Valley Water Resource Management
  10. Ferghana Valley Water Resources Management Phase-I
  11. Ferghana Valley Water Resources Management Project
  12. Kazakhstan Water Sector Study TA (P090048)
  13. Municipal Infrastructure Development Project
  14. Nura River Clean-Up Project
  15. Rural Enterprise Support Project II
  16. Rural Water Supply & Sanitation 2
  17. Second Irrigation and Drainage Improvement Project
  18. Second On-farm Irrigation Project
  19. Small Towns Infrastructure & Capacity Building Project
  20. Syr Darya Control and Northern Aral Sea Project - Phase I
  21. Syr Darya Water Supply Project
  22. Tajikistan WSS Strategy
  23. Ust Kamenogorsk-Environmental Remediation Project
  24. Utilities Reform Study
  25. Uzbekistan Bukhara and Samarkand Sewerage Project
  26. Uzbekistan WSS Strategy
  27. Water Sector Investment Planning Study
  28. Water-Energy Nexus in Central Asia
  29. Water/Energy Dialogue

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