Central Asia: Promotion of Interstate Water Management Cooperation on Transboundary Chu and Talas Rivers

Progetto concluso

Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan have set up Interstate Commission for joint management of water resources in the basins of Chu river and of Talas river. However, a serious challenge for integrated water resources management remains to establish a data management system for which capacities are increasingly depleting. The proposed project will establish a monitoring system for both basins by upgrading the monitoring infrastructure generating real time data and capacities in both basins, thus supporting the Interstate Commission in decision making based on solid analysis and data.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Asia centrale
Agricoltura e sicurezza alimentare
Diplomazia e sicurezza dell'acqua
Conservazione delle risorse idriche
Risorse idriche in agricoltura
01.03.2013 - 31.12.2016
CHF 950'000

To regulate the joint use of water management infrastructure, the Kazakh and Kyrgyz Governments signed an Agreement on the Use of Water Management Facilities of Interstate Status on the Rivers Chu and Talas and established the Interstate Commission in 2006. The Interstate Commission sets an operating mode for the facilities, estimates the costs required for their reliable operation and maintenance as well as the contribution of each party to cover operation costs (Kazakhstan provides up to 30 % of costs annually). This collaborative framework is so far unique in Central Asia, otherwise characterized by a severe competition for water resources between upstream and downstream counties. Phase 1 focused on Chu river basin only and installed a monitoring system on key infrastructure in that basin. The external evaluation recommended to extend and expand the support to both basins and both countries


The overall goal of the project is to help the Interstate Commission making decisions based on solid data and analysis by strengthening data management capacities and infrastructure. In a long term perspective, the goal is that the provided equipment and the data it generates will be used for joint analysis, evaluation and decision making.

Gruppi target
  • Interstate Commission on Transboundary Rivers Chui/Talas
  • Kyrgyz Department of the Water Resources Management and Melioration
  • Committee for Water Resources in the Ministry of Environment Protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Effetti a medio termine

Provision of access for the Interstate Commission to reliable and timely data on water availability and flows in the basins of Chu and Talas rivers.


Risultati fasi precedenti:  

  • Higher precision of water level measurements and regulation of waterworks (measurement errors reduced from 10% down to 5%)
  • Better data support due to ongoing computer based collection, storage and processing of measured values of water levels and consumption
  • Higher responsiveness in detection and rectification of defects in equipment at waterworks management systems that result in lower probability of emergency situations

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione con l'Europa dell'Est
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
Economia privata
Instituzione statale straniera
  • Central State of South East
  • Settore privato svizzero
  • Interstate Commission on Transboundary Rivers Chui/Talas, Kyrgyz Department for Water Resources and Melioration (DWRM), Subcontractor Vodoavtomatika, a State enterprise, as a Design and Technology Institute “Water Automation and Metrology”, mandated by the Kyrgyz DWRM

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF   950'000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF   916'064
Fasi del progetto

Fase 2 01.03.2013 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)