Central Asian representatives discussed water resources
Representatives of Central Asian countries discussed the use and protection of water resources. Representatives from all the Central Asian countries ecxcept Kyrgyzstan participated in the negotiations.
On May 4, 2018, the Intergovernmental Coordination Water Management Commission held a meeting on the use and protection of water resources in the Kizilorda City of Kazakhstan. Delegations from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan attended the meeting.
Participants were in sight the results of the non-vegetation period between 2017 and 2018 in the basins of Sır Darya and Amu Darya rivers, approved water withdrawal limits, progressive modes of operation and the draft of intergovernmental agreement about "Intergovernmental Exchange of Information between the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan, Integrated Management Information and Analytical Support and Use and Conservation of Water Resources in Aral Sea Basin".
Krımbek Kuşerbayev, governor of the Kızılorda region, said that Aral Sea it's no longer a regional problem, it actually trascends the country's boundaries and he noted that effective use of water resources and the monitoring of water withdrawal limits should be strengthened to improve the current situation.
The negotiation on the sharing of water resources will be discussed at the "Central Asian Heads of State Councils - Founders of International Funds to Save Aral Lake" meeting in August in Ashgabat.
The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for September in Ashgabat.
The interstate commission operates from 1992.
The Commission is in a position of debate Central Asian countries' decisions on Aral Lake issues and water management. According to the governor of the region, the lake will be shallow this year, so distribution of irrigation water is crucial for Kızılorda region, especially in the lower parts of the Sır Derya Basin.