The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $150,000 technical assistance grant for the study of water management issues in Central Asia. The study is intended to assess past and current efforts by Central Asian countries and international donor organizations to deal with the need for improving the management of shared water resources in the region and define the strategic focus and goals for an ADB initiative on water management. While the need for improved management of shared water resources is widely recognized in Central Asia, some political leaders in the region have been reluctant to accept the participation of international organizations in dealing with the issue. The ADB says it intends to use the findings of the newly funded study as the basis for long-term regional technical assistance that will implement the activities identified by the study.
UzReport/ADB press release, June 02, 2003