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A new initiative for sustainable water management in Uzbekistan

Date: 30.05.2016.

The inaugural workshop to launch the new program was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the EU Delegation to Uzbekistan, UNDP, GIZ Uzbekistan and partners.

International Water Management Institute (IWMI), member of the CGIAR Regional Program for Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC Program), have become a key partner in the implementation of the new European Union initiative "Sustainable management of water resources in rural areas of Uzbekistan" for the period 2016-2020.

The four-year project aims to contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth in the rural sector in Uzbekistan in the context of a changing climate and consists of 3 interconnected components:

  1. Improvement of national water governance policy and integrated water resource management (led by GIZ in partnership with IWMI, Italy’s Council for Agricultural Research and Economics Analysis (CREA) and the Austrian Environment Agency (UBA)
  2. Technical capacity building (led by UNDP)
  3. Awareness raising (led by the EU Delegation to Uzbekistan).

The inaugural workshop to launch the new program was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the EU Delegation to Uzbekistan, UNDP, GIZ Uzbekistan and partners.

Over 95 participants who attended the workshop represented diplomatic missions, international organizations, national ministries, the Uzbekistan Parliament, state inspectors, and specialists from regional Khokimiyats (local administrators) and the basin irrigation systems authorities of Kashkadarya, Syrdarya, Surkhandarya, Fergana, Namangan and Andijan regions.

Keynote speakers included Mr. Sh. Khamraev, Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, H.E. Ambassador Yuri Sterk, Head of the EU Delegation, Ms. Daniela Scheetz, German Federal Foreign Office, Mr. Torsten Brezina, Country Director of GIZ in Uzbekistan, and Mr. Farid Garakhanov, Deputy Country Representative of UNDP. All speakers highlighted the importance of water for the socio-economic development of Uzbekistan and the need to use new technologies to improve water use efficiency at national, basin and farm level.

Oyture Anarbekov of IWMI’s CAC Program office in Tashkent, made a presentation highlighting IWMI’s capabilities, knowledge and experience in the region and its proposed contributions to the initiative. The project is part of the IWMI research sub-theme: Revitalized Irrigation Systems under Sustainable Agricultural Water Management.

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