New Regulations in Turkmenistan: Empowering Water Users’ GroupsOct 19, 2016
Ashgabat, 19 October 2016: The Mejlis of Turkmenistan has approved the law on the adoption and enforcement of the Water Code of Turkmenistan. The newly adopted code includes articles that enable community-based management of water resources by expanding the authority over management of the water resources to the water users’ groups and associations.
Among other rights, water users’ groups and associations become full-fledged participants of the agricultural sector who are able to perform irrigation works and be paid. The Code also stipulates administrative and operations procedures to be put in place by the water users’ groups and associations to ensure their operations and rights.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the project “Addressing Climate Change Risks to Farming Systems in Turkmenistan at National and Community Level” helped in the revision of the water code. This project is supported through the Adaptation Fund.
“In anticipation of the revisions, UNDP has supported over the past 4 years, 9 communities in three pilot areas of Nohur, Karakum and Sakarchaga, to manage their own water resources and together have developed detailed step by step manuals of this process,” said UNDP Resident Representative Jacinta Barrins. The Project teams have also developed technical manuals on how to construct community water supply facilities. These manuals can now be used to scale up community management of water resources nation – wide.Contact information