Privatisation/transfer of irrigation management in Central Asia.

Abstract

The overall purpose of the research is to provide guidelines for irrigation management transfer (IMT) applicable to the conditions which currently prevail in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan was excluded from the study owing to problems obtaining information in the country).

While focusing on these four countries, it is anticipated that these guidelines will provide insight into what may be suitable practices for implementing IMT in other locations.

This report summarises the in-country surveys undertaken, identifies relevant experience obtained in other countries, analyses the conditions affecting IMT in Central Asia and presents guidelines aimed at improving the

IMT process.

This report has five purposes:

• To describe briefly the approach and methodology employed in this investigation.

• To summarise the in-country surveys undertaken.

• To identify relevant experience obtained in other countries.

• To analyse the conditions affecting IMT in Central Asia.

• To present guidelines aimed at improving the process of IMT in Central Asia and to help sustain irrigation management recently transferred out from state operation.

Overall, the research's intended purpose is to provide guidelines and models for irrigation management transfer appropriate to the conditions prevailing in Central Asia, based on experience to date, meeting a demand for such

information from development professionals engaged on IMT in the region. It is not intended that this document is a step by step general manual on how to implement IMT as this is covered in other references described in the

Literature Review. It is intended that these guidelines are non-prescriptive and are capable of adaptation to differing physical, political and institutional conditions, reflecting the variety of farming systems and differing

national approaches (and speed of change) to IMT.

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Privatisation/transfer of irrigation management in Central Asia.

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