Workshop-meeting on establishment, development of Public Water Management Councils of scheme and administration of PWMC
Workshop-meeting on establishment, development of public water management councils and administration of PWMC was held in period from February 27 to March 3, 2017 under Component 2 “Improving Irrigation Service Delivery to Water Users Associations of National Water Resources Management Project, Phase 1.
Objective of the workshop-meeting – identification of all water use participants, to apply cost effective maintenance, to increase efficiency of planning activities, irrigation activities and drafting irrigation scheduling within boundaries of pilot schemes.
Involvement of water users in water resources management process is a first step of institutional transformation of water sector, integrated management and efficient use of water resources is a basis for agricultural sector of the republic.
At present, we are at the transitional stage of reforming the water sector, which task is to increase the efficiency of water use and establishment a reliable basis for the development of irrigated agriculture in the republic. Transparency of the managed activities of public services should be ensured, first of all, by involving water users and representatives of local communities in the activities of public institutions such as the Basin Water Councils, Public Water Management Councils, Water Users Associations (WUAs) and Unions of Water Users Associations (UWUA), etc.
It is planned to involve representatives of other agencies such as the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES), the Rural Development Department, NGOs, local governments and environmental organizations, etc., in the activity of these organizations.
To determine all participants of water use in the pilot schemes of the main canal Aravan-Ak-Buura of the Osh oblast (28.02.2017), the main canal Kojo-Kaiyr of Batken oblast (03.03.2017), the main canal “Levaya Magistral Kugart” of Jalal-Abad oblast (01.03.2017) a workshop/meetings with specialists from the OVK, RVK, OSU, RSU, WUA and ayil okmotu were held, after which all participants of water use were identified in the hydrographic boundaries of the schemes.
The experience of the hydrographic principle of water management with the involvement of the public is well implemented by the example of the Aravan-Ak-Buura Canal Administration, which successfully operated from 2003 to 2015 regardless of the territorial subordination of Kara-Suu, Aravan rayons and Osh city lands. The Union of Canal Water Users (UCWU) was established on this pilot canal, which have united 6 WUAs of the two above-mentioned rayons.
The board of the water committee of the Aravan-Ak-Buura canal was organized on the basis of a tripartite agreement “On joint management of the Aravan-Ak-Buura canal of the Osh OVK” between the DWRLI, the Osh OVK, and between the Aravan-Ak-Buura Canal Water Users Union, agreed March 3, 2006, and approved by the general assembly of the founders of the Aravan-Ak-Buura Canal Water Users Union on October 8, 2006.
In order to implement joint management of the Aravan-Ak-Buura canal and on-farm schemes, the parties have agreed to establish a joint governing body of the Canal Water Committee (CWC) consisting of 7 people, according to the percentage of funding (55% from the state budget, 45% from water users) 4 persons from OVK and 3 employees from water users of Aravan-Ak-Buura canal. The work plan of the joint management was drafted and approved (hereinafter CWC) and the work was carried out according to the work plan approved by the general assembly.
Since 2004, on the basis of Aravan-Ak-Buura Canal Administration the computer program “Management Information System” – “MIS IWRM-Fergana”, in which all data on water distribution (water abstraction, water supply, efficiency) for each water outlet and entity of water users were entered into the database, analyses on water availability, uniformity, stability and efficiency of canals along the balance sheet areas.
Currently, Aravan-Ak-Buura Canal Water Users Union does not operate because the IWRM-Fergana project has stopped financing the activities of the Union, it was presented by Dubanaev T., an engineer of the 1st category of Aravan-Ak-Buura Canal Hydro-Unit, in detail in his presentation at the workshop.
32 people participated in the workshop (5 of them are women, which is 15%). The workshop was presented by the specialists of the PIU NWRMP-1 Zhumaev K. and Masalbekov R. Also the head of Water Use Unit of the Osh OVK – Avazov K., the chief specialist of the Aravan WUA RSU – Burkhanov R. have presented with the detailed information.
The discussion was participated by:
1.Representative of WUA Zhapalak of Kara-Suu rayon – Оsmonov М.;
2.Chief engineer of Aravan RVK – Kadirov А.;
3.Director of WUA Zhany-Аryk of Kara-Suu rayon – Тоpchubaev I.;
4.Director of WUA Zhany-Аravan of Аravan rayon – Sarymsakov B.;
5.Engineer of engineer of the 1st category of Aravan-Ak-Buura Canal Hydro-Unit, Dubanaev Т. – etc.
All of them have noted the need for the organization at present moment, the establishment of a public water management council. The meeting is decided to establish a public water management council named “Aravan-Ak-Buura”, the first category engineer of Aravan-Ak-Buura Canal Hydro-Unit was elected as a chairman of the council – Dubanaev T., the chief specialist of the Aravan WUA RSU – Burkhanov R. was elected as a secretary.
The total command area under the main canal “AABC” – is 16 114 hectares, covering the water users of the Aravan, Kara-Suu rayons and Osh city. A legal document for establishment and development is “PROVISION”, developed and approved in 2007 by the Department of Water Resources and Land Improvement.
Water Management Council for Kugart River system – Levaya Magistral Kugart, Jalal-Аbad oblast
The opening speech was made by the Chief Engineer of the Jalal-Abad OVK-Orozbayev Zh., in his turn, he wished the workshop participants to have a successful workshop. Representatives from all interested water users have participated in the workshop, as well as presentations by specialists from the PIU NWRMP-1 K. Zhumaev and R. Masalbekov. Detailed information on water users under the pilot scheme of the main canal “Levaya Magistral Kugart” was given by the head of the Water Use Unit of the Jalal-Abad OVK – Tadzhibayev Yu., Chief specialist of Suzak WUA RSU – Tashmatov T.
Discussion was participated by:
- Chief specialist of Nooken WUA RSU – Bakirov Sh.;
- Head of Suzak RVK – Аldosov K.;
- Head of oblast Ameliorative Hydrogeological Team – Rezhevaliyev Kh.;
- Deputy, аyil оkmotu named after Таigarayev – Аsanov А.;
- Director of WUA “Shaimerden-Suu” – Koichumanov B.;
- Chief specialist of Тоktogul WUA RSU – Аbdykadyrov Z.;
- Head of Jalal-Аbad WUA OSU – Таshtanov А.
After discussion all water users, stakeholders within hydrographic boundaries were identified.
- WUA Shaimerden-Suu, with command area – 150 hа;
- WUA Тushum-Suu, with command area – 1420 hа;
- WUA Таsh-Bulak-Suu, with command area – 1480 hа;
- WUA Changet-Sai, with command area – 370 hа;
- Other water users with command area – 906 hа.
Total command area is – 4326 hа.
During the workshop, the chairman and secretary of the WMC was elected by vote, the head of the Suzak RVK, Aldosov K., was elected as a chairman, the chief specialist of the Suzak WUA RSU Tashmatov T. was elected as a secretary. At the end of the workshop, the name of the WMC was determined and minutes of meeting of the WMC “Levaya Magistral Kugart” were drafted.
Recommendations of participants:
- Providing with office of WMC;
- Providing with furniture and office equipment of office;
- Remuneration of WMC management (2 positions);
- Involvement of female into WMC performance.
Water Management Council for Isfayram River system – Kojo-Kaiyr, Batken oblast
The workshop-meeting on the establishment and development of the public water management council in the pilot scheme of the main canal “Kojo-Kaiyr” was held 03.03.2017 in the training room of the Kadamjai RVK with the participation of 21 people (of which two women, that is 9%), all water users: specialists of Batken OVK and WUA OSU, specialists of Kadamjai RVK and WUA RSU, Ameliorative Hydrogeological Team of the oblast, representatives of WUA and ayil okmotu.
The opening speech was made by the head of the Batken WUA OSU, Akmatov R., in his turn, he wished the participants a successful workshop. During the workshop, the presentation was made by the specialists of the PIU NWRMP-1 Zhumaev K. and Masalbekov R. The head of the Water Use Unit of the Batken OVK – Mamadiev K., the chief specialist of the Kadamjai WUA RSU – M. Akmatov, have presented in detail on water users under the pilot scheme of the main canal “Kojo- Kaiyr”.
The discussion was participated by:
- Chief engineer of Kadamjai RVK – Аkmatov U.;
- Head of Batken WUA OSU – Аkmatov R.;
- Head of Batken Ameliorative Hydrogeological Team – Sheraliyev А.;
- Director of WUA Kara-Dobo – Bekbotoyev Yu.;
- Director of WUA Uch-Korgon-Isfayram Faizullayev F. etc.
During the workshop all participants of water use within hydrographic boundaries were identified:
- WUA Kara-Dobo, with command area – 2020 hа.
- WUA Isa-Маriyam, with command area – 860 hа.
- WUA Kojo- Kaiyr, with command area – 2983 hа.
Total command area is – 5863 hа.
All the presenters have noted the importance of the public water management council in solving all problems during the vegetation period. The election of the chairman and secretary was decided by the participants to elect at the next meeting of the WMC with the determination of recommendations on providing the office with furniture, a computer, a telephone and involving female to the WMC activities.
Based on the results of the workshop-meetings on three pilot schemes such as main canal Aravan-Ak-Buura, main canal Kojo-Kaiyr and main canal “Levaya Magistral Kugart”, the following results were achieved during the period from February 27 to March 3, 2017:
- Main canal Aravan-Аk-Buura:
- Participants of water use within hydrographic boundaries were identified;
- It was decided to establish WMC named as Аravan-Аk-Buura.
- Main canal Levaya Magistral Kugart:
- All water users, stakeholders within hydrographic boundaries were identified;
- The name of WMC was identified as Levaya Magistral Kugart;
- The chairman and secretary of Council was elected.
- Main canal Kojo-Kaiyr:
- Participants of water use within hydrographic boundaries of schemes were identified;
- It was decided to elect chairman and secretary at the regular meeting of WMC.