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Water governance in the Kyrgyz agricultural sector: on its way to integrated water resource management?

Wasserpolitik in der kirgisischen Landwirtschaft: auf dem Weg zu einem integrierten Management der Wasserressourcen?

Herrfahrdt, Elke; Kipping, Martin; Pickardt, Tanja; Polak, Mathias; Rohrer, Caroline; Wolff, Carl Felix

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Corporate Editor Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik gGmbH
Abstract "As a reaction to growing water scarcity worldwide, sustainable water allocation and use, and in particular the role of agriculture as a major water user, have become important topics in the development discourse. In recent years Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) emerged as an answer to many water management problems. IWRM approaches water management from a holistic perspective and encompasses, among others, the integration of economic, ecological and social aspects. Is implementation of such a holistic approach feasible in developing countries and countries in transition or does it rather overburden them? First experiences have been made with the implementation of IWRM in several developing and transition countries. The aim of this study is to provide some answers to the question of what has been achieved so far. Based on an analysis of Kyrgyz water governance, the study assesses the status quo as well as the potentials for and obstacles to the realization of the normative framework of IWRM in a transition country. Comparing today's institutional framework of water management with this normative concept, it reveals the most significant gaps between norm and reality, but also identifies progress towards IWRM. Recommendations on how to further develop Kyrgyz water governance towards IWRM are provided." (author's abstract)
Keywords agriculture; agricultural policy; irrigation; environmental policy; water; resources; governance; developing country; Central Asia; USSR successor state; post-socialist country
Classification Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology; Rural Sociology; Special areas of Departmental Policy; Ecology, Environment
Method applied research; evaluation; descriptive study
Free Keywords Kirgistan
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
City Bonn
Page/Pages 194 p.
Series DIE Studies, 14
ISBN 3-88985-306-4
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
data provider This metadata entry was indexed by the Special Subject Collection Social Sciences, USB Cologne