The World Bank Mission team in Talas and Chui oblasts
In the framework of the planned Seventh Implementation Support Mission of the World Bank for “National Water Resources Management Project Phase-1” for the period from April 25 to May 5, 2018, Mission members headed by Mr. Steven Visser- senior water resources specialist, consultant; Mr. Ian Anderson- senior irrigation engineer, consultant have visited the several subprojects in Talas oblast from April 25 to 26, 2018.
On the part of Project Implementation Unit, the Mission was participated by Alchibekova D.O.- Component 2 Coordinator, Jaanbaev K.A. – Component 3 Coordinator, Mr. David Milton – international WRM/RBM expert; Mr. Johan Heymans – international off-farm schemes management operation and maintenance specialist.
The purpose of the Mission was the meeting with specialists of the units of the OVK, RVK and representatives of the WUAs, and also introduced with activities, which were conducted by components under the NWRMP-1.
On April 25, 2018 the Mission members met with representatives of the Talas OVK and River Basin Council Members. They got introduced with the River Basin Plan of the Talas River and with the current activities of Components 2 and 3, in particular the support provided by the project for the development of Public Water Management Councils and WUAs. In addition, they have visited the headworks of the Big Talas Сanal (BTK).
On April 26, 2018 a meeting was organized with representatives of the village authority and the WUA members “Bolkuldok-Suu” in Talas rayon, where the PIU staff introduced with the future works assigned for the project. Then Mission members have visited the place of proposed rehabilitation (NSR) under the “Agricultural Productivity and Nutrition Improvement Project”. Further, the Mission members were divided into 2 groups, one of which has visited the drip irrigation demonstration plot which was installed under the NWRMP-1 Component 3 in the same WUA. The members of other group held a meeting with specialists from Kara-Buura RVK, RCU, WU and WUA Support Unit. The Mission members have asked questions to the RVK staff on conducted trainings on MOM, for which the appropriate answers were given. During the meeting, the participants have discussed the proposed rehabilitation and other activities under Component 2, and also have recommended to RVK staff to use the updated MOM procedures on other (non-pilot) RVK schemes.
On April 30 the World Bank Mission members on modernization of irrigation in the Central Asia consisting of Mr. Kazuhiro Yoshida, Ms. Rimma Dankova, Mr. Alan Clark, as well as the Mission members on Implementation Support Mission of the NWRMP-1 consisting of Mr. David Meerbach and Mr. Ian Anderson have visited a pilot scheme “Sovkhozny” of Chui oblast, including the headworks with outlet tower from the Nalivnoye Nizhne-Ala-Archa reservoir, hydroposts and drainage network in Sokuluk rayon, WUA “Uzun-Kyr” of the Issyk-Ata rayon. The Mission was supported by the PIU staff and international consultants: D. Alchibekova, K. Jaanbaev, Alexander Müller and Johan Heymans.
Based on results of the Mission, the World Bank Mission members hold the discussions on performed works of the NWRMP-1 project and they gave their recommendations on implementation speed-up of the remaining activities under the project, implementation of rehabilitation and installation of control and measuring instruments.