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Agenda of the Session

March 18, 2006 (14:15 -16:15)

Opening address

5 min

Prof. Victor Dukhovny, Vice-President ICID, Director of Scientific-Information Center ICWC
Prof. M. Gopalakrishnan, Secretary General ICID

Panel 1: Testing of the Practical Ways to Implement IWRM Concept in Central Asia within the Pilot Projects

Presentation of panel members: 30 min
Discussion: 25 min

Chairman – Dr. Vadim Sokolov, Chairman, GWP CACENA

Panel members:

  1. Dr. Anatoly Ryabtsev, Chairman of State Committee on Water Resources, Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  2. Mr. Jenishbek Bekbolotov, Director General, Department for Water Resources, Ministry of Agriculture, Water Management and Processing Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic
  3. Dr. Shavkat Khamraev, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Management of the Republic of Uzbekistan
  4. Prof. Yarash Pulatov, Director NGO “Water”, Republic of Tajikistan
  5. Mr. Johan Gely, Senior Water Specialist, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Switzerland
  6. Mrs. Eline Boelee, Health and Irrigation Specialist, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Topics for discussion and outputs:

A number of the pilot projects ongoing in the region are good basis to justify practical measures in water management reforms. The following projects are taken into account: (1) “IWRM in Fergana Valley” funded by Swiss SDC and implemented by Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, (2) “Feasibility Study for IWRM in Lowlands of Amudarya and Syrdarya” funded by the USA State Department and implemented by Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, (3) “National IWRM and Water Efficiency Plan for Kazakhstan” funded by Norway, facilitated by UNDP and GWP CACENA; (4) “Acceleration of the implementation of the IWRM 2005 target in Central Asia” funded by the UNEP Collaborating Centre for Water and Environment (UCC-Water) in close consultation with GWP CACENA.

On the base of these projects next topics will be discussed:

  • Role of National Plan in IWRM implementation
  • Legal, institutional and management tools of IWRM
  • Deciding importance of public participation in IWRM
  • Social and ecological specific IWRM in lowlands of river
  • Role of donors in IWRM implementation
  • Inter-sectoral and inter-level coordination

The real progress achieved in water resources management reforming over the Central Asian region will be presented based on listed pilot projects outputs including organizational, institutional, technical and other measures under condition of satisfactory funding and capacity building.

Panel 2: Multi Stakeholder Dialogue on Ways for Future Water Resources Development in Central Asia

Presentation of panel members: 30 min
Discussion: 25 min

Chairman – Mr. Abdukokhir Nazirov, Minister, Ministry of Land Reclamation and Water Management of the Republic of Tajikistan

Panel members:

  1. Mr. Begench Mommadov, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Water Management of Turkmenistan
  2. Mr. Alexey Zyryanov, Company “Kyrgyz Energo”, Kyrgyz Republic
  3. Mr. Alexander Tskhay, Water Supply Authority, Republic of Kazakhstan
  4. Dr. Galina Stulina, Leading Specialist in Climate Change, Central Asian Scientific-Research Institute for Irrigation (SANIIRI), Republic of Uzbekistan
  5. Mr. Valery Syundyukov, President, “Kazakhstan Su Arnasy” Association, Republic of Kazakhstan

Topics for discussion and outputs:

  • Transboundary Water Management Issues in Central Asia
  • Central Asia Regional Water Information Base
  • Climate Change: Aral Sea Basin Case
  • Problems of Aral Sea and its Coastal Zone (Prearalie) - stabilization of environmental profile
  • Water and Energy Problems of Aral Sea Basin

The important outcomes would be reached in the result of this discussion: scenarios of future development for each country and the region as a whole with proper orientation to the stable water availability, even and equitable distribution of water resources over sub-basins under significant reduction of unproductive losses; introducing principles of democratic water resources governance through all concerned parties involvement; solution of social issues connected with equitable water distribution particularly drinking water; solution of ecologic issues connected with economic activity; and finally, water and land resources productivity increase.

Concluding remarks

5 min

Mr. Hideaki Oda, President, Japan Water Forum

Types of stakeholders involved in the panel discussion:

National authorities (ministries and institutions) responsible for water management and different water uses (representatives of agriculture, energy, environment, water supply, branches of economy), Basin organizations, NGOs including Water User Associations, Mass-media, International organizations.