Central Asia : Water Accountability in Transboundary Chu and Talas River Basins

Proyecto terminado

Effective water resources management requires data management capacities for proper decision-making at different scales. In this context, a modern, Multi-Level Distributed Water Information Systems is a management instrument that provides stakeholders’ gateways for judicious and sustainable water resources management. The project is aiming at introducing such a modern management information system in transboundary Chu and Talas river basins to improve water accountability and transparency.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Asia Central
Seguridad y diplomacia del agua
Política del sector del agua
15.12.2016 - 31.12.2021
CHF  2’300’000

Judicious and sustainable water resources management and planning require sufficient amounts of data for informed decision-making at different scales, from local to transboundary levels. Data transparency helps in trust and confidence building between different resource users, especially at interstate levels. To date, no such a modern Water Information System exists anywhere in Central Asia at basin scales. The relevance of such a modern WIS is well recognized by the key stakeholders in the transboundary basins of the Chu and Talas rivers shared by Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan which strongly support interventions in this area.


The overall objective is to contribute to sustainable integrated water resources management in the region by promoting transboundary cooperation in Chu and Talas river basins, thus fostering peace and regional stability in Central Asia.

Grupos destinarios
  • The Kazakh-Kyrgyz Interstate Commission on transboundary Chu and Talas rivers
  • Basin management organizations from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
  • District level irrigation management organization and water users (farmers)
Efectos a medio plazo
  • The institutions increase effectiveness of water delivery services through modernised and accountable water management practices
  • Accountability towards end users is enhanced through data transparency
  • The approach of transboundary cooperation is acknowledged and promoted in the region

Resultados de las fases anteriores:  

  • Agreement between KG and KZ to have an exchange of daily data (baseline: 0, target: 1)
  • Number of institutions that use modern accounting (baseline: 1, target: 9)
  • Agreement of the KG and KZ Chu talas basin authority with data producers to develop water balance calculation and water use indicators on each national part of the basins (baseline: 0, target: 1 in each country)

Dirección / Officina Federal responsable COSUDE
Crédito Cooperación con Europa del Este
Contrapartes del proyecto Contraparte del contrato
Sector privado
Institución estatal extrangera
  • Sector privado suizo
  • Sub-National State SouthEast

Coordinación con otros proyectos y actores
  • GEF funded project “Enabling Transboundary Cooperation and Integrated Water Resources Management in the Chu and Talas River Basins
  • SDC funded “National Water Resources Management Project” steered by the World Bank
Presupuesto Fase en curso Presupuesto suizo CHF    2’300’000 Presupuesto actual suizo ya emitido CHF    2’171’563
Fases del proyecto

Fase 1 15.12.2016 - 31.12.2021   (Completed)