IWMI-Central Asia at a Glance
In 2000, IWMI began work in the Aral Sea region, which includes the 5 countries making up Central Asia - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, once a part of the former Soviet Union.
In 2001, IWMI opened a sub-regional office in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to oversee these activities. Since then IWMI’s work here has concentrated on addressing some of the key water management issues facing the region. While carrying out its work, IWMI collaborates closely with farmers, canal managers, relevant Ministries, NGOs, other CG Centers and donor funded projects.
In particular, IWMI's research here focuses on identifying best practices for water savings, improving irrigation performance, reversing trends in land degradation and salinity, and contributing to the development of effective water resource institutions in the region.
During 2001 and 2002, IWMI established its formal partnerships with ICARDA, Scientific Information Center of the Interstate Commission for Water Coordination (SIC-ICWC), the Global Water Partnerships’ Central Asia chapter, and Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Mechanization Engineers (TIIAME) (presently, Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Amelioration).
A strong research collaboration has been established with ICARDA, through a joint IWMI-ICARDA staff appointment based at ICARDA headquarters, which has led to significant improvements in identifying and implementing joint research projects, especially in the Central Asian region.
Besides, IWMI has close relationships and collaborations with other important development partners in the region, such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), UNDP, IDB, JICA, etc. Such relationships are maintained through regular donor coordination meetings, joint field missions, various focused meetings, workshops and round-tables to discuss issues facing the region.