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Sustainability 2009, 1(4), 1240-1265; doi:10.3390/su1041240

Water Management in a State-Centered Environment: Water Governance Analysis of Uzbekistan

Faculty of Economics, Social and Political Sciences and the Solvay Business School, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Center for Development Research–ZEF, Department of Political and Cultural Change, Walter Flex Str. 3 Bonn, D-53113, Germany
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Received: 12 October 2009 / Accepted: 25 November 2009 / Published: 8 December 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Water Management)
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In the early 1990s the countries of Central Asia started their transformation to a market economy. Uzbekistan is in the throes of change and facing a huge restructuring task and a need to improve governance. Decades of central bureaucratic allocation of natural resources left national bureaucrats with little capacity to formulate their own sustainable policies. Lack of inclusive, long term oriented policies and mechanisms in management of common pool resources brought catastrophic results in the past. The study reveals that implanting a top-down quota policy has positive effects on a larger public. However it may become a threat to the long term environmental sustainability.
Keywords: water management; governance; stakeholder analysis; Central Asia; Uzbekistan water management; governance; stakeholder analysis; Central Asia; Uzbekistan
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Aminova, M.; Abdullayev, I. Water Management in a State-Centered Environment: Water Governance Analysis of Uzbekistan. Sustainability 2009, 1, 1240-1265.

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