Namangan region hosted the second joint meeting of the Small Basin Councils on Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan part of the Padshaat River within the framework of the project “Water, Education and Cooperation in Central Asia”, which is implemented by the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) in the countries of the region and Afghanistan with financial support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
The event was organized by CAREC together with the national partner of the project – the Ministry of Water Resources of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Small Basin Council on the Uzbek part of the Padshaat River.
The aim of the project is to improve the skills of water workers, demonstrate the potential of the basin approach in water management and strengthen regional academic cooperation. One of the directions is connected with the Padshaat River basin – the pilot territory, which covers part of the Kyrgyz Republic and Namangan region.
At the meeting, it was noted that the growing demand for shared water resources and reduction of their reserves require close regional and interstate cooperation for ensuring better management and efficient use. On both sides of the river basin, Small Basin Councils were created, consisting of representatives of interested state and non-state organizations.
At the meeting, the issue of joint repair of a support station on the Kyrgyz side of the river and installation of water-measuring instruments for prompt and reliable accounting of water resources was considered. Issues of temporary provision of special equipment to colleagues from Kyrgyzstan for the use in water management activities and assistance in disseminating information in Namangan region on ecotourism on the Kyrgyz side of the Padshaat River were discussed.
Decision was taken on holding the first Day of the Padshaat River in the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic on June 12-14.