IWMI-Central Asia at a glance
The International Water Management Institute’s (IWMI’s) official presence in Central Asia began in 2001 with the opening of a subregional office in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to oversee its research activities. Since then, IWMI’s work has concentrated on addressing some of the key water management issues facing the region. While carrying out its work, IWMI collaborates closely with the ministries, local water management authorities, farmers, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), other CGIAR centers and donor-funded projects. In particular, IWMI’s research in the region focuses on identifying best practices for saving water, improving irrigation performance, reversing trends in land degradation and salinity, and contributing to the development of effective water resource institutions. In the past, IWMI was also active in developing transboundary dialogue on two pilot rivers shared by three states: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
During 2001 and 2002, IWMI established its formal partnerships with the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Scientific Information Center of the Interstate Commission for Water Coordination (SIC-ICWC), the Central Asia chapter of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), and the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Melioration (TIIM).
IWMI also maintains close relationships and collaborations with other important development partners in the region, such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank (WB), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and others. Such relationships are maintained through regular donor coordination meetings, joint field missions, various focused meetings, workshops and roundtables to discuss issues facing the region.