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No. 1 (199) February 2012



58th REGULAR MEETING OF THE INTERSTATE COORDINATION WATER COMMISSION

The 58th regular meeting of the Interstate Coordination Water Commission (ICWC) was held on 17 February 2012 in Almaty.

The following items were entered to the agenda of the meeting:

1. Regarding results of vegetation period 2011 in the Amudarya and Syrdarya river basins.

2. Regarding water delivery, mode of the reservoirs cascade and withdrawal limits for non-vegetation period 2011-2012 in the Amudarya and Syrdarya river basins.

3. Regarding carrying out the Central Asian International Scientific-Practical Conference "The twentieth anniversary of cooperation in shared management of transboundary water resources in Central Asia: methodological approaches, outcomes and prospects."

4. Regarding consideration of the "Concept on development of information exchange and communication mechanisms between its participants in Central Asia".

5. Regarding agenda and venue of the next 59th ICWC meeting.

Appropriate decisions concerning all items of agenda were adopted.

Materials of this meeting will be published in the next ICWC bulletin which is planned to be issued on April 2012.

MEETING OF THE SIC ICWC'S DIRECTOR WITH CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF WATER RESOURCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN

On 27 February 2012, in Chimkent, Prof. Dukhovny V.A., Director of SIC ICWC, talked with Mr. Abishev Islam, Chairman of the Committee of Water Resources of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

After this meeting, Prof. Dukhovny V.A. has told his opinion:" New chairman of the Committee of Water Resources - Mr. Abishev - has a progressive view on the future. According his opinion the Committee has to do a lot for development of the drip and trickle irrigation in the country. He is sure that the water saving is a way to the future. Being the first deputy of the akim of the Southern-Kazakhstan region, he has done a huge work in the perspective planning and development of new irrigation methods in the region. Currently the drip irrigation covers 18 thousand hectares and further will cover additional 5 thousand hectares of the agricultural land. Now the state subsidizes 80% of cost for implementation of drip irrigation. Having a huge financial potential owing to oil extraction and selling, the Republic of Kazakhstan has possibility to become a pioneer of implementing new irrigation technologies in Central Asia. This also will provide decreasing the drainage network stress what is important for improving the ecological state of land and water.

OBITUARY

The Scientific-Information Center of ICWC announces with deep regret about the death of one of the founders of the Interstate Commission for Water Coordination and Honorary Member of the ICWC, Mr. Amannazar Ilamanov, and expresses condolences to his families and friends.

Ammannazar Ilamanov began his activity as a manager of the works on construction of the Kairakkun canal where he obtained skills and knowledge in the difficult conditions of desert under supervising of such great hydro-constructors like Zakharchenko, Tseretely, Ata-Charyev, Geldiev. He achieved the position of manager of "Karakumgidrostroy" Trust.

He was involved into organization of water management in Turkmenistan after its independence. At the same time he supported strengthening of cooperation in water management between countries through participating in the meetings of the heads of the states of Central Asia in Kzyl-Orda (1993), Nukus (1994), Dashkhauz (1995). He was appointed the First Chairman of the Interstate Council on Aral Sea Basin Problem in Kzyl-Orda at the meeting of the heads of the states. The Government of Turkmenistan appointed his as the Minister of Water Management of Turkmenistan, the First Deputy of the Chairman of the Council of Ministers, and akim of the Mary Region.

The water community of Central Asia expresses a deep sadness because of his untimely decease.