Cooperation and joint management of shared basins and water resources are crucial to socioeconomic development in Central Asia
The Chu and Talas rivers, shared by Kazakhstan and The Kyrgyz Republic, support a combined population of more than 1.6 million, and are crucial sources of water for agriculture, aquaculture, power generation, industry and domestic consumption in both countries.
At the regional level, the two countries reached a formal agreement in 2000 on the use of interstate water facilities in the basin through the establishment of the Chu Talas Joint River Commission. This agreement is also unique in that it prescribes the costs of repairing and maintaining shared riverine infrastructure to be borne by Kazakhstan, as the Kyrgyz Republic lacks the resources for such tasks.
This is an excerpt of a case study from WaterWealth, a publication on basin management across Asia and the Pacific. WaterWealth is available for download on the
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