Memorandum of cooperation for the restoration of fish in the Northern Aral Sea region

On July 11, 2019, in Kyzylorda, a tripartite memorandum of cooperation was signed between the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Executive Directorate of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan (IFAS IF in Kazakhstan), and the Akimat (Local Government) of the Kyzylorda Oblast’ on the implementation of the project “Ensuring Security, conservation and development of fish stocks in the Northern Aral Sea region. Capacity Building of the Aral-Syrdarya Basin Council” within the framework of the Programme “Transboundary Water Resources Management Program in Central Asia”.

The main objec...


Regional seminar “Rational use of transboundary water resources and their conservation for future generation”

On 23-24 August 2019 a regional seminar “Rational use of transboundary water resources and their conservation for future generation” was held in Ferghana/Uzbekistan. The event was supported by the GIZ regional programme “Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia”.

The seminar was attended by over 50 specialists representating local authorities, self-government bodies of citizens of water management organizations, departments and experts from the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Tajikistan.

Regional experts and representatives of international organizations gave presentations on water cooperation...


74th regular meeting of the Interstate Commission for Water Coordination in Central Asia

On August 22, 2018, the 74th regular meeting of the Interstate Commission for Water Coordination in Central Asia (ICWC) was held in the city of Turkmenbashi.

The meeting was chaired by ICWC member from Turkmenistan Mr. M.Bayramdurdyev, with participation of other ICWC members – Mr. Y.N.Nysanbayev from of Kazakhstan, Mr. S.N.Rakhimzoda from Tajikistan, and Mr.Sh.R.Khamraev from Uzbekistan. The event was attendant by the heads of executive bodies (BWO Amudarya, BWO Syrdarya, SIC ICWC, and Secretariat), representatives of EC IFAS, head of the Executive Board of IFAS in Kazakhstan, and invited persons.

The following items were included in the a...

TWMCA Regional Conference

On 4- 5 December, 2017 the Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia Programme  (TWMCA) conducted a regional conference “German Central Asia Water Initiative (the “Berlin Process”)

Sustainability, Results and Opportunities”, which took place in the Best Western Atakent Park Hotel in Almaty.

The purpose of this regional conference was to share the knowledge and best practices accumulated by the TWMCA Programme in the course of implementing projects with national, regional and international partners, as well as to discuss the prospects for international and regional cooperation for the sustainable management of transboundary water...


Media Tour organised by German Embassy in Uzbekistan visited Samarkand

On 23-26 October 2017, the German Ambassador to Tashkent, Mr. Günter Overfeld visited Samarkand Region to acquaint himself with programmes financed by the German government. Among those was the Bad Bad Irrigation Canal which was rehabilitated by the Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia Programme commissioned by the German Federal Foreign Office. The main water intake structure of the canal was reconstructed and electrified. After the rehabilitation works, the efficiency of water supply and water use of the canal increased up to 90%.

The water loss decreased significantly from 40% down to 7-10%...

Reclamation of lands of Isfara – Lyakkan Valley, Tajikistan

On 18 October Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia Programme office in Tajikistan signed a contract with “Fayzi Farhod” Construction Company to implement the Pilot Project “Reclamation of lands of Isfara – Lyakkan Valley” in Soughd province of Tajikistan.

Current condition of this area is characterized by high level of ground waters, which makes it impossible to plant many common cultures, but sunflowers. Even apricot orchards, which are considered to be able to withstand high water levels are drying out in this area...

The Isfara River Day unites nations of Central Asia

On September 12-13, 2017, the Isfara River Day was conducted with the support of local authorities of the Isfara and Kanibadama cities, the Small Basin Councils of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan sides of the river, and CAREC under the support of GIZ and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The festival gathered together the representatives of government bodies, water management departments, drinking water supply, public and international organizations, the media from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Representatives of the Uzbek side of the basin were invited as observers for the first time...

Тashkent hosted the fifth meeting of the regional organizations

September 4-5, 2017, Tashkent hosted the fifth meeting of the regional organizations involved in sustainable development and water resources management in Central Asia. The meeting was organized by CAREC and Scientific Information Centre of the Interstate Coordination Water Commission of Central Asia (SIC ICWC) with the support of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) under the project “Strengthening capacities of regional, national and local level institutions and sustaining the experiences gained in the previous phases”. Click here for more details.

Oslo Forum: the Experience of MRC

September 4-6, with support of EU and GIZ Oslo Forum (Norway) hosting partners from Uzbekistan. Jointly organized by MRC, GIZ GmbH and Multiconsult, the first Oslo Forum taking into account of what has been developed, and is under development in the Mekong region. The Forum draw on similar sustainability initiatives internationally, specifically those related to sustainable hydropower development within the context of sound water resources management, and cater for extended dialogue between organizations and people working on this.

Learn more: http://www.mrcmekong.org/news-and-even…/events/oslo-forum-2/

IFAS activities discussed during the Forum in Ashgabat

The International Conference “The Role of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea in the Development of Cooperation in the Central Asian Region” was held in the large conference hall of the Agricultural Complex of Turkmenistan. The forum was organized in the framework of the presidency of Turkmenistan in IFAS for the period 2017-2019.

Representatives of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia and the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia, the German International Cooperation (GIZ), the World B...