Water Governance in Central Asia

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Project ID

Project Title

Water Governance in Central Asia


Focus Areas

Geographic Scope

Lead Organization(s)

EC (Almaty Delegation)

Project Partners

Implemented through consultancy


Total: 1.8m EUR;

Sources of Financing:


2008 - 2010 (24 months after start July 2008)


Under implementation

Project website(s)





The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the reduction of pollution, to fair sharing and effective use of scarce water resources, to improve the quality of shared water resources such as trans-boundary rivers through the improvement, implementation and enforcement of water legislation approximated to EU standards.

The objective of this project is to provide further advancement of IWRM already initiated in the beneficiary countries that have been created by previous projects and other initiatives. The project aims in supporting water management improvement in the Central Asia countries through practical support to reinforce regulatory and institutional mechanisms. The project focus is on developing the integrated water management (IWRM) approaches, by the means of:

  • Reinforcing the water basin management planning through regulatory and institutional measures;
  • Promoting the reform of water quality standards as a tool to improve the information base for water management and basin planning, using the European Union Water Framework Directive as a reference framework.

Specifically, the project aims to assist the development of:

  • Legislative and regulatory framework that establishes procedures of water management planning, promoting a coherent and integrated approach to water management bringing together quality and quantity issues;
  • Appropriate economic mechanisms targeted at economic operators in line with IWRM principles;
  • A practical system of water quality standards, and legislation, regulation or other instruments, including economic mechanisms, that enable the use of these standards in IWRM;
  • Legislative and regulatory framework that reinforces procedures of inter-institutional coordination, ensuring compatible approach and enabling the recognition of procedures and results of one institution by another, both within and between countries;
  • The participation of user groups in the decision-making process.

The work has two dimensions:

  1. Country-specific activities that promote good practice nationally, and;
  2. Regional activities helping to ensure that approaches to integrated water management (IWRM) are compatible and mutually comprehensible in all project countries, and also to cater to international agreements.

Expected Outcomes

Achievements: Results and Impact

Lessons for Replication



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 Environment Programme
  45. Regional Rural Water Supply Project (SDC)
  46. Roadmap of the Kyrgyz National Policy Dialogue (NPD) on IWRM
  47. Rural Enterprise Support Project II
  48. Rural Water Supply & Sanitation 2
  49. Second Irrigation and Drainage Improvement Project
  50. Second On-farm Irrigation Project
  51. Setting up a Project Formulation and Coordination Support group for sustainable transboundary management of radioactive waste in Central Asia
  52. Small Towns Infrastructure & Capacity Building Project
  53. Syr Darya Control and Northern Aral Sea Project - Phase I
  54. Syr Darya Control and Northern Aral Sea Project - Phase II
  55. Syr Darya Water Supply Project
  56. Tajikistan WSS Strategy
  57. The Swiss Support to Hydro-meteorological Services in the Aral Sea basin Project
  58. Transboundary Waters Management Experience in Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (TWME-ECCA)
  59. UNEP Support Programm for CA Countries on Johannesburg Plan and IWRM Plan by 2005
  60. Ust Kamenogorsk-Environmental Remediation Project
  61. Utilities Reform Study
  62. Uzbekistan Bukhara and Samarkand Sewerage Project
  63. Uzbekistan WSS Strategy
  64. Water Flume Metres for Water User Associations
  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

External Resources


 EC Central Asia Water Governance Inception Report Jan09 ENG.pdf

 EC Water Governance Central Asia TOR.pdf

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