Interstate Coordination Water Commission of Central Asia (ICWC) on water resources regulation, rational use and protection was established after signing of the Agreement between Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan on February 18, 1992 in Almaty.
The Commission is a parity collective body of Central Asian States acting on the basis of equity, equality and consensus. According to the Decision by the Heads of State of March 23, 1993, ICWC was included in the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS) and has the status of an international organization.
Executive bodies of ICWC are River Basin Authorities (BWOs) Syrdarya and Amudarya, Scientific-Information Center (SIC ICWC), Coordination Metrological Center (CMC ICWC), Training Center (TC ICWC) and Secretariat.
BWOs are in charge of planning and managing water flow schedules and water resources distribution, as well as direct implementation of the decisions made by ICWC relevant to water allocation, schedules of water flow and releases, water quality control.
SIC ICWC is an information and analytical body, which develops methods and approaches of perspective 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 other four countries which, in turn, organize scientific and information exchange at the national level.
Information comes to SIC ICWC from all over the world, it is processed, translated and disseminated among all water sectors within Central Asia.
SIC ICWC consists of:
- Division of Regional Water Economy
- Division of Foreign Affairs
- Regional Information Center
- Division of Scientific-Technical Information and Publishing
- Division of Scientific Research Activities Planning
- Division of Project Activities
- Training Division
Branches of SIC ICWC:
- Kazakh Branch
- Kyrgyz Branch
- Tajik Branch