TJ NWRM - Ph. 3

The last phase of the mandated Tajik National Water Resources Management Project-III of Syr Darya river basin will focus on sustainability and aims at improving rural livelihoods through an efficient and integrated management of water resources. The project will lead to climate resilient use, protection and development of basin water resources, improved irrigation efficiency, decreased risks of waterrelated disasters and allows smallholder farmers to increase incomes from agricultural production. 

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Landwirtschaft und Ernährungssicherheit
Klimawandel & Umwelt
Landwirtschaftliche Wasserressourcen
01.12.2022 - 30.11.2026
CHF  5’640’000
Hintergrund The Syr Darya River is one of two main rivers of the Aral Sea Basin. It originates in the Tian Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan and eastern Uzbekistan. It flows for 2,790 kilometres west and north-west through Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and southern Kazakhstan to the northern remnants of the Aral Sea. The Syr Darya River flows over 105 kilometres over Tajik territory on an area of about 12.7 km2 . This is about 4% of the total length of the river. There are about 2 million people living in the Tajikistan Syr Darya Basin area. Irrigation is the largest water user but with very low water efficiency. This is mainly due to (i) outdated and deteriorated infrastructure (ii) weak management and (iii) high energy costs for pumping irrigation schemes.
Ziele Improved livelihoods of the rural population in the Tajik Syr Darya Basin Zone through integrated water resources management.
Zielgruppen Direct beneficiaries of the project are the farmers in Aksu-Isfana-Tomchasay-Khojabakirgan-Arkasay-Samgar water-sheds in the Tajikistan Syr Darya Basin, especially vulnerable women and men. The indirect beneficiaries are the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, the River Basin Organization and the River Basin Council of Tajik Syr Darya Basin Zone, the Agency of Land Reclamation and Irrigation, the Committee of Environment Protection, the Committee of Emergency Situation, the Sughd Oblast and District Local Government, the District Irrigation Agencies, and the Water User Associations. 
Mittelfristige Wirkungen Outcome 1: The Parliament adopts the IWRM relevant elements of legislation and ensures the coherence of the legislative framework, and the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources coordinates and monitors the enforcement of this legislation. Outcome 2: The Tajik Syr Darya River Basin Organization, River Basin Council, and basin local authorities implement IWRM at the basin, sub-basin, and watershed levels. Outcome 3: Farmers use irrigation water effectively, and WUAs and irrigation agencies manage the systems efficiently and sustainably in a long-term perspective.

Erwartete Resultate:   - The Government adopts an amendment for integration of local socio-economic development plans in the River Basin Management Plans. - The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources has the capacity to coordinate and monitor enforcement of IWRM legislation. - The Tajik Syr Darya Basin Water Monitoring System provides quality data, validated, and used by the Tajik Syr Darya River Basin Organization, and integrated in the National Water Information System. - The Khojabakirgan Integrated Watershed Management Plan is developed and the Aksu, Isfana and KB Integrated Watershed Management Plans are integrated in the sub-basin and basin planning. - Priority Khojabakirgan Integrated Watershed Management Plan Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation measures are implemented together with additional Aksu and Isfana IWSMPs measures, including across borders. - The irrigation stakeholders are aware of the long-term consequences of climate change and implement Disaster Risk Reduction.

Resultate von früheren Phasen:   - The NWRM Project was the first to start Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) basin dialogues. It led to the creation of the first River Basin Councils in Tajikistan. - Tajik Syr Darya River Basin Organization was created in June 2020 and received state financing as from September 2020. - The Syr Darya River Basin Management Plan developed, agreed and adopted by the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources on 20 July 2022. - The NWRM phase-I and II project successfully introduced promotion and application of watersaving irrigation technologies at farmer’s level. - The project supported 20 Water User Associations in monitoring water distribution measurement systems.

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Internationale oder ausländische NGO
Ausländische staatliche Institution
  • Central State of South East
  • Andere internationale oder ausländische NGO Norden
  • Ausländischer Privatsektor Norden

Koordination mit anderen Projekten und Akteuren The project will work with key partners such as: the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, the Agency for Land Reclamation and Irrigation, the Committee of Environment Protection, the Committee of Emergency Situation, the Sugd Oblast and District Local Governments, District Irrigation Agencies, the Water User Associations and other water projects implemented in the basin (Comprehensive Water Supply and Sanitation as well as NWRM projects in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan). 
Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF    5’640’000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF    2’350’000 Budget inklusive Projektpartner CHF    5’000’000 Projekttotal seit Anfangsphase Schweizer Beitrag CHF   15’060’000 Budget inklusive Projektpartner CHF   16’960’000
Projektphasen Phase 3 01.12.2022 - 30.11.2026   (Laufende Phase) Phase 2 01.12.2018 - 30.09.2023   (Completed) Phase 1 01.02.2013 - 30.11.2018   (Completed)