Transboundary rivers of Central Asia are under water stress. How to resist?

Publication date: 06 May 2024

The transboundary river basins of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan face the problem of insufficient water resources for the drinking and economic needs of the population of the Central Asian countries. 

“Climate risk assessment helps effectively predict the consequences of climate change, in particular in the water sector, and quickly address the problems caused by climate change,” said Firuz Ibrohimov, the Senior Monitoring and Reporting (M&E) Specialist at the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC). 

CAREC, in cooperation with NIRAS, organizes a series of country seminars “Climate Risk Analysis and Capacity Development” (CRACD), which is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German Society for International Cooperation) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The purpose of the workshops is to conduct a Climate Risk Assessment (CRA) in five river basins of Central Asian countries: Isfairam-Sai in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, Shakimardan in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, Zarafshan in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Murghab in Turkmenistan, and Chon-Kemin/Chu River in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. 

This work is part of a large-scale study on these transboundary river basins. Based on its results, the experts will propose measures to mitigate the effects of climate change for each river basin. 

Besides, a capacity-building program will accompany the CRA. It will include training of trainers (ToT) for selected stakeholders from Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. Later, a series of country- and basin-level workshops, and field studies will be conducted.

On May 3, 2024, a workshop on climate risk assessment for the transboundary river basin of the Chu River took place in Taraz (Kazakhstan). It gathered representatives of state departments of water resources management and emergencies, public associations, water inspectorates, and regional and city akimats. The international expert Magda Stepanyan and the national consultant Firuz Ibrohimov conducted the seminar.

They discussed the development of a coherent strategy for conducting a future assessment within the selected basin in Kazakhstan. 

Similar workshops took place in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Panjakent (Tajikistan), Ashgabat (Turkmenistan) and Tashkent (Uzbekistan).

Additional information:

Firuz Ibrohimov, the CAREC Senior M&E Specialist,



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