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CAWA Project

Regional Research Network “Water in Central Asia” (CAWa)

Central Asia faces big water-related challenges, among them water scarcity, degrading water quality and inefficient water use. Climate change may even aggravate the situation. These challenges can be met only in a joint effort of all Central Asian states.

The CAWa project intends to contribute to a sound scientific and a reliable regional data basis for the development of sustainable water management strategies in Central Asia.


Dried part of the Toktogul reservoir in Kyrgyzstan (CAIAG 2008).

Thus, up-to-date sophisticated monitoring stations will be installed providing reliable regional hydrometeorological and GPS data in real-time via satellite communication. The data received from the monitoring stations as well as the data obtained from sampling campaigns and from remote sensing will be part of a reliable data base shared among all participating states.

Losses from leaky irrigation channels in the Fergana valley (ZEU 2008).

In close cooperation, German and Central Asian partners assess scenarios of climate change impact, estimate future water availability, study the role of groundwater and investigate irrigation efficiencies. The scientific methods developed and applied within the project will be passed on in training courses to Central Asian professionals and implemented into programs for tertiary education.

The CAWa project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office as the scientific-technical component of the Water Initiative for Central Asia (“Berlin Process”). The political-institutional component of the "Berlin Process" is implemented by GIZ in the "Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia" Programme. The educational component involves the establishment of an academic course on "Integrated Water Management" at the German-Kazakh University in Almaty.

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