Supporting basin planning and management in Turkmenistan

Supporting basin planning and management in TurkmenistanContext
Across large areas, the surface water and groundwater resour-
ces of Turkmenistan are extremely scarce, due to the country’s predominantly desert climate and average annual precipitation of 100-150 mm. The Amu Darya River is the main source of water in the northern part of the country, while the southern regions near the Kopet Dag Mountains are mainly served by the Karakum Canal, which was constructed in the middle of 20th century.

Other water resources are the Murgab and the Tedjen rivers, which run into Turkmenistan from Afghanistan and Iran, and are mainly supplied by runoff from the northern Hindukush Mountains. Smaller rivers, especially those from the Kopet Dag Mountains, run dry during the summer months. Groundwater reserves are modest and at present are little used...

Training on basin planning

Training on basin planningBATKEN ( 6 March 2014) – the working group of the Isfara River Basin Plan development and implementation with
members representing water management, environmental protection, sanitary, epidemiological, economic agencies and
representatives of local administration and water users met in training on basin planning. Participants discussed the issues
regarding effective use of water resources in selected basin in framework of the fourth training on stages of basin planning. They
also considered the project of the Isfara River Basin Plan. The training on basin planning is conducted in the framework of “Water
Management and Basin Organisations in Central Asia (WMBOCA)” project funded by the European Union and implemented by
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Gmb...

Training on basin planning

Training on basin planning KHUJAND (27 February 2014) – the working group on basin planning for the Isfara river basin with members
representing water management, environmental protection, sanitary, epidemiological, economic agencies and representatives of
local administration and water users meet for training on economic and financial instruments in basin planning. Participants of
training discussed the issues regarding effective use of water resources of selected basin in framework of the fourth training on
stages of basin planning and considered the project of the Isfara River Basin Plan. The training on basin planning is conducted in
the framework of “Water Management and Basin Organisations in Central Asia (WMBOCA)” project funded by the European
Union and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internat...

Economic and financial instruments on basin planning

Economic and financial instruments on basin planningKHUJAND (27 February 2014) – the members of working group on basin planning for the Isfara river basin representing
water management, environmental protection, sanitary, epidemiological, economic agencies and representatives of local
administration and water users met for the training on economic and financial instruments in water management sector. The
training was aimed at the working group capacity development in field of economic instruments. The training on basin
planning was conducted in the framework of “Water Management and Basin Organisations in Central Asia (WMBOCA)”
project funded by the European Union and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
(GIZ) GmbH, Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia Programme.
The project of Isfara rive...

Final Training on geographic information systems (GIS) in Turkmenistan in the framework of the European Union action

Final Training on geographic information systems (GIS) in Turkmenistan  in the framework of the European Union action ASHGABAT(7-8 February, 2014) – The final training on geographic information systems (GIS) in the
framework of the EU action “Water Management and Basin Organisations in Central Asia (WMBOCA)” was
held by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Transboundary Water
Management in Central Asia Programme.
Professionals in spheres of water management from Akhal, Balkan, Dashoguz velayats and GIS specialists of
Water Survey Control under Ministry of Water Economy of Turkmenistan participated in the training.
The training was aimed at introducing the participants to the advantages of GIS tools application in water
resources management. Particularly, the training introduced the special geographic modeling software —
ArcGIS Spatial Analyst that is used mainly for development of general land use and soil salinity potential
geographic information maps.
Moreover, organisers presented the major results and works on the Murgab river basin GIS maps developed
during the series of GIS training sessions for Mary and Ashgabat water specialists in 2012 and 2013.
The training was conducted by highly qualified specialists of the Scientific Information Center of the Interstate
Coordination Water Commission of the Central Asia (SIC ICWC).
In 2012, the Programme handed over the GIS equipement to the partner organisations Marysuwhojalyk and
Water Survey Control under the Ministry of Water Economy of Turkmenistan. The partner organisations use
the equipment for more planned and effective allocation of water resources in the Murgab river basin.

National Stakeholder Dialogue on Basin Planning in Murgab River Basin

National Stakeholder Dialogue on Basin Planning in Murgab River BasinMARY – National Stakeholder Dialogue on Basin Planning dedicated to the pilot testing of basin
planning in Cepekyab Sub-basin of Murgab basin took place on 5 February 2014 in Mary velayat in the
framework of the EU action “Water Management and Basin Organisations in Central Asia (WMBOCA)”,
implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Transboundary
Water Management in Central Asia Programme.
Stakeholder dialogues take place to ensure the involvement of water user representatives into
transboundary water management processes in selected river basins. During the meeting
representatives of state agencies, international organisations, national and international experts discuss
issues of rational and effective use of the water resources.
This particula...

Shared resources– Joint responsibilites

Shared resources– Joint responsibilitesCentral Asia is a huge landmass situated between the Caspian Sea in the West and the mountain ranges of the Pamirs and the Hindukush in the South- East. For centuries, caravans travelled along the famous Silk Road connect- ing Europe and Asia, and crossed the two main rivers of the region: the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya, which were known by the ancient Greeks as the Oxus and the Jaxartes. More than 1000 years ago, powerful Khans had already developed complex irrigation systems along these rivers, serving as a basis for economic prosperity and development.

Before the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, both rivers ran mostly inside the USSR, with a small upstream part of the Amu Darya in Afghanistan...

EU project supported meeting of the working group on basin planning in the Isfara river basin

EU project supported meeting of the working group on basin planning in the Isfara river basinKhujand – Members of working group on basin planning in the Isfara river basin discussed
current issues during workshop “Complex assessment and analysis of situation in the Isfara river basin”,
22-23 July 2013. Representatives of water sector and related agencies, specialists from basin
organizations of the Isfara river from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as experts took part in the event.
The participants presented the main results of legal and institutional framework analysis for basin
planning; economic and social development of the territory; climate change analysis and adaptation to
climate change; emergency situation, natural disasters and environment conditions; results of
development of land use map and land and water resources analysis for the Isfara river basin.
Every a...

Eine Quelle des Friedens – Grenzüberschreitendes Wassermanagement in Zentralasien

Eine Quelle des Friedens – Grenzüberschreitendes Wassermanagement in ZentralasienZentralasien ist eine Region mit knappen Wasserressourcen, die von den Auswirkungen des globalen Klimawandels und der chronischen Übernutzung der vorhandenen Reserven besonders betroffen ist. Gleichzeitig sind die Volkswirtschaften der fünf zentralasiatischen Staaten durch die gemeinsame Nutzung des Flusswassers der beiden großen Flüsse Syr Darja und Amu Darja sowie anderer grenzüberschreitender Flussgebiete eng miteinander verbunden. Während die wasserreichen Staaten am Oberlauf der Flüsse (Tadschikistan und Kirgisistan) das Wasser mangels Alternativen vorwiegend zur Energieproduktion im Winter nutzen, benötigen die am Flussunterlauf liegenden Staaten (Kasachstan, Turkmenistan und Usbekistan) das Wasser hauptsächlich zur landwirtschaftlichen Bewässerung im Sommer...

Источник мира — Трансграничное управление водными ресурсами в Центральной Азии

A Source of Peace – Transboundary

Water Management in Central Asia

Central Asia comprises a region with scarce water resources and is particularly vulnerable to the effects of global climate change and the chronic overuse of reserves. At the same time, the economies of the five Central Asian states are highly interconnected as a con-sequence of their joint use of water from the two major rivers – the Syr Darya and Amu Darya – as well as other transboundary rivers. In the absence of alternatives, the water-rich countries on the upper reaches of the Syr Darya and Amu Darya Rivers (Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan) rely heavily on hydropower for energy production in winter, while those downstream (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) mainly use the water to irrigate agricultural land...