The main task of the Fund is the financing and crediting of joint practical actions and perspective programs and projects for the Aral sea saving, ecological rehabilitation of Pryaralye and of the Aral Sea Basin as à whole with account of the interests of all the states of the region.
The founders of the Fund are the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The permanently acting executive body of the Fund is the Executive Committee.
Branch of EC IFAS in Kazakhstan
Branch of EC IFAS in Tajikistan
Branch of EC IFAS in Uzbekistan
Regional Center of Hydrology in Central Asia
Goals and objectives of the RCH
- Implementation of solutions on the Aral Sea made by the IFAS Board;
- Improvement of the hydrological forecasting and data exchange between the NHMSs and the strengthening of regional cooperation;
- Implementation of measures to create a network for hydro-meteorological monitoring (stations, posts);
- Increased collaboration with international organizations, donor countries and other funds.
ICWC is a regional body of the Central Asian states to deal with joint solution of issues related to shared water management, effective use and protection in the Aral Sea basin and to implement of commonly elaborated programs following the principles of collectivity and mutual respect of parties’ interests.
SIC ICWC is an information and analytical body, which develops methods and approaches of prospective development, improvement of water management and ecological situation in the basin.
SIC ICWC is collaborating with a network of scientific and design organizations of the five countries of Central Asia, has national branches in three countries which, in turn, organize scientific and information exchange at the national level.
Basin Water Organization “Amudarya” is an executive and interdepartmental control body of Interstate Commission for Water Coordination of Central Asia. BWO “Amudarya” provides water resources within ICWC established limits in the Amudarya river basin. It operates water-intakes, hydropowers, reservoirs of common use, interstate canals under strict observance to nature protection requirements and implementing measures on ecological situation improvement.
Basin Water Organization “Syrdarya” is an executive and interdepartmental control body of Interstate Commission for Water Coordination of Central Asia. BWO “Syrdarya” provides water resources within ICWC established limits in the Syrdarya river basin. It operates water-intakes, hydropowers, reservoirs of common use, interstate canals under strict observance to nature protection requirements and implementing measures on ecological situation improvement.
Proceeding from the 21st ICWC meeting, a Training center for capacity building in the Central Asian water sector was established at SIC ICWC. Along with raising the level of professional knowledge, the training contributes to cooperation among the riparian countries in the field of water use and management and elaboration of common approaches at the level of water specialists and decision makers.
The Secretariat is responsible for:
- organizing fulfilling commissions from ICWC;
- preparing programs, measures and draft decisions at ICWC meetings together with BWO “Syrdarya” and BWO “Amudarya”;
- drawing up cost estimates of operation and capital construction for financing BWO “Syrdarya” and BWO “Amudarya” at the expense of ICWC Member States;
- accounting and reporting on fulfilling plan for operation and capital construction;
- controlling receipt of money from ICWC Member States designed for BWO “Syrdarya” and BWO “Amudarya” for operation, capital construction, and other activities to be carried out this year;
- coordinating international relations.
The prime objective of the Interstate Commission for Sustainable Development (ICSD) is coordinating and organizing regional cooperation in the area of environmental protection and sustainable development in Central Asia.
- Organization and coordination of activity for elaboration of regional sustainable development strategy, programs, and plans.
- Management of regional environmental and sustainable development programs, action plans, and projects.
- Preparation and expertise of regional projects.
- Coordination of actions related to fulfillment by the Central Asian countries of environmental conventions of transboundary nature.
- Contributing to harmonization of environmental legal and procedural frameworks.
- Promotion of interstate exchange of information and development of regional environmental and sustainable development information bank.
Scientific-Information Center ICSD
The Scientific-Information Center is an executive body of ICSD. SIC ICSD is charged with the following functions:
- collect, process, and generalize data and scientific information about environmental and socio-economic conditions in the Aral Sea basin;
- create a common scientific information base and databank on environmental protection and rational nature management in the Aral Sea basin;
- prepare recommendations in support of research, environmental, and socio-economic cooperation with the ultimate aim to address relevant challenges in the Aral Sea region;
- support issue of a bulletin and provision of national entities with information on scientific and technological advancements and best practices;
- elaborate a concept and program for the unified environmental monitoring system in the Aral Sea basin;
- develop the common methodological base for environmental and economic assessments of natural resources and nature management projects in the Aral Sea basin;
- develop basic environmental principles, indicators, and criteria for adoption by the Central Asian states and their incorporation into relevant legislative acts.
One focus area of the Tajik branch of SIC ICSD is the generation of environmental and sustainable development data support system.
Secretariat is an executive body of ICSD. Secretariat is charged with the following functions:
- prepare and disseminate documents and papers about ICSD events;
- arrange preparations for ICSD meetings and other events as decided by ICSD;
- support interaction between ICSD bodies;
- draw up ICSD reporting;
- fulfill assignments of the ICSD Chairman.
Regional Mountain Center of Central Asia
Goal of the RMCCA is to promote cooperation of the CA states on conservation of the mountain ecosystems, sustainable use of their natural resources and improving social and economic conditions of the population living in mountain regions including provision of scientific and informational support and training for specialists.
Central Asian Regional Center on Renewable Energy Sources (CARC RES)
The Central Asian Regional Center on Renewable Energy Sources is aimed at facilitating coordinated actions on implementation of the environmentally friendly energy sources in economic and other sectors in Central Asia by joining scientific and technical capacity and experience of the countries.
Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic on the Use of Water Management Facilities of Intergovernmental Status on the Rivers Chu and Talas.
The Global Water Partnership (GWP) was established in 1996 in response to the call during the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro to manage water resources sustainably, in accordance with the Dublin principles, to resolve current and future water crises. The GWP does this through promoting a holistic, participatory and cross-sectoral approach to water management known as integrated water resources management.
The mission of the Global Water Partnership Caucasus and Central Asia (GWP CACENA) is to support CACENA countries in the sustainable management of their water resources.
Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) Mission is promote multi-sector cooperation in addressing environmental problems in Central Asia at the local, national and regional levels.
The goal of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia is to assist and support the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in building their conflict prevention capacities through enhanced dialogue, confidence building measures and establishing genuine partnership in order to respond to existing threats and emerging challenges in the Central Asian region.
UNECE as a multilateral platform facilitates greater economic integration and cooperation among its fifty-six member States and promotes sustainable development and economic prosperity through:
- policy dialogue,
- negotiation of international legal instruments,
- development of regulations and norms,
- exchange and application of best practices as well as economic and technical expertise,
- technical cooperation for countries with economies in transition.
The UNECE contributes to enhancing the effectiveness of the UN through the regional implementation of outcomes of global UN Conferences and Summits. Its terms of reference have been defined by ECOSOC.
UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. UNDP helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.
UNDP’s mandate has four pillars: poverty reduction and the mdgs; democratic governance; crisisprevention and recovery; and environment and sustainable development.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
UNEP work encompasses:
- Assessing global, regional and national environmental conditions and trends
- Developing international and national environmental instruments
- Strengthening institutions for the wise management of the environment
International organizations and processes
This section is dedicated to international non-governmental organizations with a view to wider involvement of Russian-speaking audience in their activities.
Web site of preparation process of Central Asia and its paricipation in the World Water Fora.
Network “GWANET Gender and Water in Central Asia”: improves gender awareness among the water sector stakeholders at regional, national and local levels, and strengthen their capacity in incorporating gender issues into the decision-making process.
The Network of EECCA Water Management Organisations is established to exchange views, experiences, and information on various aspects of water-management activity.
The database “Water Atlas” contains information on the water-management and donor's organizations divided into three categories: international, regional and national.
The database “Who is Who in Water Management” contains information about people working in water management.
Register which lists 261 international rivers, covering 45.3% of the land-surface of the Earth
International River Basin Organizations est. 1815-2002
Data provided by CAREC (in Russian)