Welcome to the CAWa project

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Regional Research Network “Water in Central Asia” (CAWa)

Dried part of the Toktogul reservoir in Kyrgyzstan (CAIAG 2008).
Central Asia faces big water-related challenges, among them water scarcity, degrading water quality and inefficient water use. Climate change may even aggravate the situation. These challenges can be met only in a joint effort of all Central Asian states. The CAWa project intends to contribute to a sound scientific and a reliable regional data basis for the development of sustainable water management strategies in Central Asia.

To address these challenges, CAWa established a consortium of leading German and Central Asian geoscientific research institutions. Partners from Central Asian universities and state agencies complement the network.

The overarching objectives of the CAWa project include:

  • Support informed decision making in land and water management through transparent data sets
  • Promote regional and trans-sectoral cooperation
  • Strengthen professional and methodological capacities of specialists and researchers

Losses from leaky irrigation channels in the Fergana valley (ZEU 2008).
The CAWa project was launched in June 2008 and is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office as the scientific-technical component of the Water Initiative for Central Asia (“Berlin Process”). Following the first and second project phases (2008-2011, and 2012-2014, respectively), the project is running in its third project phase now which will be completed by the end of 2017.

As the scientific-technical component of the "Berlin Process", CAWa closely cooperates with the political-institutional component  implemented by GIZ in the "Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia" Programme, and the educational component represented by the regional master programme "Integrated Water Resources Management" at the German-Kazakh University in Almaty.