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.
Central 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...
Khujand – 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 ...