Climate-sensitive Water Resources Management in Central Asia

The Climate Sensitive Water Resources Management in Central Asia project strengthens national and regional organisations responsible for water resource management in Central Asia to implement climate-sensitive integrated water resources management in a regionally coordinated manner. Switzerland will contribute to this initiative which is designed in the frame of the German led, GIZ implemented Green Central Asia High-Level Platform. 

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Klimawandel & Umwelt
Wasserdiplomatie und Sicherheit
Einsparung von Wasserressourcen
Reduktion von Katastrophenrisiken DRR
01.06.2023 - 31.05.2027
CHF  2’625’000
Hintergrund The nexus between water, energy and food security continues to be a key factor in the interstate relations of Central Asian (CA) states. In the past 6 years cooperation on natural resource management among CA countries has seen positive dynamics but often focus remains on reactive uncoordinated individual solutions. Climate change is emerging as a critical security risk. National and regional organisations responsible for water resource management are not in a position to implement systematic, regionally coordinated climate-sensitive and integrated water management. Institutional and technical capacities to implement policies, strategies and plans for climate-sensitive IWRM and exchange and joint planning among countries is insufficient due to a lack of concrete examples of implementation and inappropriate technical equipment.

Building on the results of the Berlin Process and designed out of the Green Central Asia High-Level Dialogue Platform led by GIZ, the Project will allow to further the long-standing and robust track record of both Germany and Switzerland in supporting CA countries in issues around natural resources management.
Ziele The national and regional organisations responsible for water resource management implement climate-sensitive integrated water management in a regionally coordinated manner.
Zielgruppen Regional (IFAS and its sub-institutions, CAREC) and national decision-makers, experts and managers in the relevant ministries and state authorities. The indirect target group is the local population in the water catchment areas of the Amu Darya and Syr Darya.
Mittelfristige Wirkungen Opt 1: Joint institutionalised river basin planning at regional (International Fund for saving the Aral Sea - IFAS and suborganisations) and national (water, environment, agriculture, energy ministries, scientific institutes) river basin level for climate-sensitive integrated water resource management has been implemented;
Opt 2: National and regional river basin organisations are trained in the implementation of climate- and gender-sensitive integrated water resource management and apply it in their activities;
Opt 3: National and regional water managers jointly implement initiatives on sub-themes of climate-sensitive integrated water resource management and agree on their maintenance and other governance aspects, such as information and data exchange. 

Resultate von früheren Phasen:  



Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Internationale oder ausländische NGO
  • Andere internationale oder ausländische NGO Norden
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)

Koordination mit anderen Projekten und Akteuren Blue Peace Central Asia, National Water Resources Management Programs in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Climate-Sensitive IWRM in the Zarafshan Basin, Governance of Transboundary Aquifer program (planned) (SDC); Green Central Asia, Integrated Land-Use Project, climate-risk management project in CA (BMZ); other Team Europe Initiatives in Central Asia (EU and others)
Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF    2’625’000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF    897’750
Projektphasen Phase 1 01.06.2023 - 31.05.2027   (Laufende Phase)