Water resources management in Central Asia
Water is a strategic resource in Central Asia. The rational use of the trans-border water resources was discussed in Almaty by the representatives of the ten countries of the region. The meeting was attended by the officials of the Kazakh ministry of agriculture, environmentalists and experts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Iran, China and Russia. The specialists spoke about the implementation of new methods of crops irrigation, modern water metering systems in residential sectors, water purification and recycling at industrial enterprises.
MURAT BEISSENOV, HEAD OF WATER FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, KAZAKH MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE:
- Every year, the countries reach a new level in their relations in terms of the use of water resources. They are resolving the most pressing issues to achieve rational use and preservation of the trans-border waters.
IGOR KOVAL, HEAD OF TRANS-BORDER RIVERS, KAZAKH MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE:
- Water is required everywhere, including agriculture, food production, industrial sector and housing maintenance and utilities. It is important that the basic consumers don’t compete, but rather interact and understand that they can’t fight for water, and that they need to rationally use the water resources and implement water-saving technologies.