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.
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.
The State Committee for Environmental Protection and Land Resources of Turkmenistan and the Central Asian Regional Environmental Centre (CAREC) have organized an international forum “Initiative for cooperation in environmental protection and sustainable development in Central Asia”, which took place in Ashgabat City from 5 to 7 June 2017.
Area: 3240 km2
Population: appx. 80.000 people
Countries: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
Isfara Basin Plan (BP) was finalised and published in spring 2014. The BP consists of detailed description of the Isfara River Basin, which was prepared by local experts, covering such aspects as geographic and socio-economic conditions in the basin, potential climate change patterns, water infrastructure, irrigated areas, etc. Based on the basin conditions and needs, members of the Working Group came up with detailed short term (5 years) and long term (20 years) Action Plans to be implemented in Isfara River Basin.
The programme’s overall approach to basin planning for the Isfara river basin consisted of a special Training Module combined with semina...
From 14 to 17 March 2017 TWMCA Programme Director Dr. Caroline Milow had a working visit to Tajikistan, accompanied by the Regional Advisor of the Programme Mr. Alexandr Nikolayenko. Several meetings were planned with the high-level representatives of the ministries and departments of Tajikistan, including i) handing over the design and estimates package for the project in Laykkan Valley, developed by the Programme at the request of our partner, Agency of Land Reclamation and Irrigation under the Government of Tajikistan; ii) visit to the Tajik branch of ICWC Secretariat, where IT equipment and furniture was provided by the Programme last year; iii) participation in the National Conference “Water for Sustainable Development” supported by CAREC and USAID.
XVIII meeting of the Aral-Syrdarya Basin Council is to take place on 2 and 3 March 2017 in Kyzylorda.
The key issues discussed during the meeting on 2 March:
- Water allocation and water limits for irrigation in South Kazakhstan region and Kyzylorda region. Decisions were adopted and recommendations made for the government regulation rules for Shardara reservoir and Koksarai counter controller;
- Analytical report on deterioration of several water quality parameters in the Syrdarya river in the section from Shymkent to Kyzylorda on the territory of Kazakhstan was presented and discussed;
- A proposal was made to extend the territory of Barsakelmes reserve to the mouth of Syrdarya River and to bann fishing in specific areas, followed by some other important issues.
On the 3 March the participan...
In order to improve water management plans, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources and the GEF agency, a workshop was organised on the topic “Sharing experience in the implementation of water saving technologies and improving water accounting”. The workshop is aimed at demonstrating the water saving technologies and methodologies used in Uzbekistan and consists of two parts:
Part 1 was held on February 26, 2017 in the city of Tashkent for the basin of the Syrdarya River. More than 70 specialists from the Administration of Irrigation Systems (AIS) and Basin Irrigation Systems Administration (BISA), Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Amelioration and others took part in the seminar...
The meeting is taking place in the framework of the EU Project “Support to further strengthening of regional cooperation on water management in Central Asia through capacity building for BWO Amudarya and BWO Syrdarya and their branch offices”. In the course of the meeting it is planned to discuss joint activities for development of a unified reporting format of the Basin Water Organisations to the Interstate Commission for Water Coordination.
From 1 to 3 February 2017, the Programme organized a working meeting in Vienna (Austria) hosted by the Austrian Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt). Geographic Information System (GIS) specialists from Uzbekistan, Austria and the Partner organization CREA/Italy are discussing technical specifications for a future water cadaster of Uzbekistan. The guests from Uzbekistan will also study best European practice on data management and will exchange experience with their counterparts.
Increased cooperation with authoritative organisations was the topic of the two-day meeting held in the Turkmen capital in preparation for the chairmanship of Turkmenistan in the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS).
The forum took place in the conference hall of the hotel “Yyldyz” and was organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Turkmenistan with the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH “Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia” Programme.
The forum was attended by representatives from various ministries and departments, UN agencies, including the UN Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Regional Centre for Preventiv...