Special Issue "Challenges and Developments on Water Resources Management in Central Asia"
A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2010)
Dr. Iskandar Abdullaev
Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia Programme Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Abdullaev Str. 2a Yakkasaroy Rayon, Uzbekistan
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Interests: water resources management; irrigation; water users associations; socio-technical analysis
The water management in post soviet Central Asia is becoming more a social and political process rather than a straightforward techno-technological issue. Nowadays, there is not any more a “proletariat and rural working class” in Central Asia, rather a much more diverse group of agricultural producers with different interests and resources. The message to the policy makers, rural developers and international donors is that if the emerging trends in water management are ignored, the reform or rehabilitation plans will most likely fail to improve the irrigation water management. The technical artefacts, such as rehabilitation of the irrigation system, improving pumps, and decreasing losses, alone do not address the growing social differentiation and competition for water. In this context, the best option would be to couple such technological solutions with very thoroughly designed socio-institutional measures.
Iskandar Abdullaev, Ph. D.