Category Programme Publication

A Source of Peace – Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia

2011-02-07_Fact-Sheet_BBIC-and-HW_UZ-covershot Rehabilitation of the Bad Bad irrigation canal and its headwork

 Irrigated agriculture is the basis of the Uzbek economy and the main source of employment and income in rural areas. Deteriorating irrigation and drainage infrastructure as well as poor irrigation management practices have led to signifi-cant water losses and decreasing agricultural productivity.

The Bad Bad irrigation canal is located about 45 kilometres to the northeast of Samarkand city and provides water for approximately 10,000 hectares of irrigated land in the Bu-lungur district of Samarkand province. A headwork diverts water to it from the Iski Tyatortar canal that is fed by the transboundary Serafshan river, which originates in Tajiki-stan.

The Bad Bad canal is over 70 kilometres long and was originally constructe...