Case Study Amudarya

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Case Study Leader

Maja Schlueter, Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig (UFZ), email: maja.schlueter[at]


The results of the Case Study are summarized in the booklet.

Translations are available

An additional NeWater report has been also published and translated to Russian on:

Amudarya River Basin

The Amudarya river basin is shared by 5 countries, namely Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and the Kyrgyz Republic. With irrigated agriculture at shares above 30% of the basin countries’ economies, water resources are of strategic importance for all of them. River runoff is exclusively formed along the first 180km of the river, mainly in Tajikistan and Afghanistan. It is mostly withdrawn in the lowland plains of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to feed an extensive irrigated agriculture. Overuse of the river’s water resources to support high agricultural production (mainly cotton) has caused severe degradation of agricultural soils, the semi-natural ecosystems along the river's course and the Aral Sea. The newly independent states have to deal with the legacy of mismanagement in the past as well as the consequences of the political and economic changes of the last 15 years. As a response all countries to varying extents have initiated reforms and restructuring of agriculture. Recently, reforms in water management have followed in several countries (e.g Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan) introducing new organizations and institutions to adapt water management to the new realities. However, this process proceeds at a much slower pace than anticipated, has encountered many barriers and setbacks and is often not carried out to the extent necessary. While technical solutions for many problems exist, the human dimension is often neglected and truly integrated approaches are rare.

Tasks and activities

NeWater activities in the Amudarya case study focus mainly on the Uzbek part of the Amudarya river delta and the transboundary level. At the beginning of the project the following research priorities were determined by stakeholders from Uzbekistan (national, regional and local level) and Tajikistan (transboundary):

To address these research needs NeWater partners of the following workpackages are conducting field research in the Amudarya river basin

Team members


Name Institute WP Tasks
Schlueter, Maja UFZ 2.3, 2.5, 3.6 integration, ecology, modelling
Zavgorodnyaya, Darya USF 1.7, 2.4 stakeholder activities, transition
Abdulkhakim Salokhitdinov AMII 3.6 social aspects, transboundary management
Andre Savitsky AMII 3.6 hydrology, modelling
Raisa Toryanikova NIGMI 3.6 water quality, ecology, stakeholder participation
Natalya Agaltseva NIGMI 3.6 climate change modelling and impact assessment
Vladislav Talskikh NIGMI 3.6 ecosystem services and valuation
Umid Abdullaev UZGIP 3.6 water management, irrigation
Gulchekhra Kasankhanova UZGIP 3.6 institutions, social aspects, stakeholder participation
Ilya Joldasova BIOECOL 3.6 ecology of wetlands
Members of WPs of workblock 1 and 2   1.2, 1.3, 1.6,
1.7, 2.2, 2.3,
2.4, 2.5

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