Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH – Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia

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Project Status: Closed
Project at-a-glance
Project Name Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia
Project Number 2013.9048.3
Sector/Subsector Water Management
Country Kyrgyz Republic
Project Opening Date 24 Oct 2014
Project Closing Date 31 Dec 2017
Responsible Institution
Responsible International Financial Institution German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Responsible Executive Agencies

State Committee for Water Resources and Amelioration of the Kyrgyz Republic

Objectives
Strategic Agenda

Sustainable regional water management

Description

Central Asia is a region with scarce water resources, and is particularly hard hit by the effects of global climate change and the chronic overuse of its existing reserves. At the same time, the economies of the five Central Asian states are closely interconnected due to their shared use of the waters of the two major rivers, Syr Darya and Amu Darya, and of other transboundary rivers.

Lacking alternatives, the water-rich countries on the upper reaches of the rivers (Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan) rely heavily on hydropower for energy production in winter, while the downstream countries (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) use water mainly to irrigate agricultural land in the summer. This situation is becoming difficult because of inappropriate water management practices on the part of the users. The environmental disaster of the Aral Sea is emblematic of the precarious water situation in the region. Scarcity of resources, inappropriate management and disparate interests are all factors that make the distribution of water in Central Asia into a major source of potential tensions.

Source of Funding

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Amount of Funding

11 722 774  Euro

Project Outcome

In cooperation with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and representatives of all five Central Asian states, the programme has developed proposals for ways of strengthening the institutional capacity of the Executive Committee of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (EC IFAS).

In an inclusive and comprehensive project, EC IFAS and the five states, as well as GIZ, UNECE and other representatives of the international donor community have collectively devised a scheme to improve water management across the Aral Sea Basin. This was the Third Aral Sea Basin Programme, which has since been approved by all five states. Building on this success, the reform process is now being pushed forward in order to consolidate the existing institutional capacities.

Successfully completed pilot projects in all five countries have helped optimise water use, and have thus contributed to improved living conditions in the region.

Contact Information of International Financial Institution
Organization/Department Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Name Dr. Volker Frobarth
Address 96-6 Toktogul str.
Postal Code 720049
Country Kyrgyz Republic
Phone +996 (312) 906 526
E-mail

volker.frobarth@giz.de

Website

www.giz.de, www.waterca.org

Contact Information of Project Implementer
Organization/Department State Committee for Water Resources and Amelioration of the Kyrgyz Republic
Address 4a Toktonalieva Str., Bishkek
Country Kyrgyz Republic
Phone +996 (312) 549 087
Website

www.waterca.org, www.water.kg