Name of Project: Central Asia Regional Natural Resource Management Project
Program Area: Forestry/NRM
Country: Uzbekistan
Project Length: 2000 - 2003
Funding: USAID
Contact: Carol Stoney    Email:    Phone: 703-525-9430  

Managing Central Asia's Natural Resources

Winrock's Objective
Provide leadership, support, training and outreach activities of water and environmental activities for the Central Asia Regional Environment & Energy Project.

Why We're There
Since the Central Asian Republics gained independence in the early 1990s, their people have experienced declining real incomes, deteriorating public services, and a growing loss of confidence in their civil institutions. These factors have combined to erode public support for continued economic and social reform of the energy and environment sectors. Both water and energy are also internationally shared resources, the competing demands for them among neighboring nations hold the potential for conflict, economic hardship, and political instability. All five nations compete for water for hydroelectricity, irrigation, and industrial and urban use. An inequitable allocation of water could significantly affect the economies of one or more CAR countries, and could even trigger the outbreak of armed conflict. The equitable use of water and energy resources is critical to each nation's economic growth and harmonious relationships among CAR countries.
Project Activities
Water and Environment Technical Assistance. The CARNRMP has been designed to increase water related management capabilities in the region through training programs, upgrading data management, improving the understanding of the implications of natural resource policies and regulations, strengthening skills for design and implementation of demonstration projects, and increasing public awareness of environmental issues. Training and Partnerships. The training program addresses the need for increased integrated natural resource management capabilities in the region by designing specific training modules that take into account linkages between natural resource management officials, managers, technicians, and specific population groups in the project's natural resource management demonstration sites and core principles of integrated management and solutions.

Water and Environment Technical Assistance. Provided instructions in transboundary monitoring station installations and courses on soil remediation technologies and pollution prevention. Developed sustainable models with the completion of feasibility studies for salinization mitigation pilot assessments and made recommendations for accurate seasonal runoff forecasting. Assessed and made recommendations for the transboundary 1998 Syr Darya "Agreement on Water and Energy Resources of the Syr Darya River Basin." Institution Building: Trained Pakhtaabad canal operators. Developed partnerships with Water User Associations (WUAs), national associations of WUAs, hydrogeological and ameliorative expeditions, irrigation districts, national and international NGOs supporting the establishment and development of WUAs, and private sector companies which provide machinery and construction services to farms. Training and Partnerships. Conducted 42 training programs and developed 10 training modules. Replicated six training programs by institutions through "train-the-trainer" activities. Trained 884 participants (246 women) with 332 institutions represented.