Background: Turkmenistan is an arid country where climate change is projected to have significant impacts on water resources. Water availability and supply are likely to suffer from increasing shortages due to elevated temperatures, overall climate aridification and competition for water arising from regional trans-boundary water issues.

The main objective of the project is to strengthen water management practices and legislation at the national and local levels in order to support the adoption of high efficiency irrigation techniques. This is important for local communities in that currently, water is diverted away from private sector agriculture and horticulture towards strategic state crops. Economic evidence will be used to support water and agriculture modeling activities undertaken separately by the Ministries of Water Management and Agriculture. On the basis of economic outputs, it is expected that the project will support the reframing of water legislation to include climate change considerations, and help introduce regulations that support progressive water pricing and the communal management of water delivery services by the end of 2014.


The programme will seek to demonstrate the costs and benefits of community-level approaches, including water user associations, drip irrigation, harvesting, water points, terracing, intercropping, saksaul planting, and irrigation canal improvements. The lessons from these regional pilots will be used not only to inform the legislative reform process relating to land management and water use/pricing, but will also inform the development of larger scale communal management systems and their integration into the government’s social development and poverty alleviation strategy. The work of Water User Associations (WUAs) will be supported, and funds provided for WUA led community adaptation plans and concrete investments in water management systems and infrastructure.


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Component 1: Policy and institutional capacity strengthened to govern more climate resilient water policies USD 350,000
Component 2: Community-based adaptation initiatives implemented USD 1,300,000
Component 3: Communal management systems for water delivery services introduced USD 800,000
Project/Programme Execution Cost USD 250,000 
Total Project/Programme Cost (= Project Components + Execution Cost) USD 2,700,000
Implementing Fee USD 229,500
Grant Amount (= Total Project/Programme Cost + Implementing Fee)  USD 2,929,500 



Project Documents

Attachment Type Size
Project document PDF 1 MB
Inception Report DOC 3 MB
Mid-term evaluation report PDF 2 MB
Final evaluation report DOCX 4 MB
PPR1 (for web) XLS 261 KB
PPR2 (for web) XLS 288 KB
PPR3 (for web) XLS 347 KB
PPR4 (for web) XLSX 263 KB
Other project order PDF 210 KB