Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan approve Roadmap in water sector
Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan signed a Roadmap that regulates issues in the field of water relations. This historical document should ensure transparency of the distribution of water during the growing season.
“During the working trip to Tashkent, we signed a Roadmap on water cooperation between our states with Uzbek Minister of Water Resources Shavkat Khamrayev,” Kazakh Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources Magzum Mirzagaliyev wrote in his Twitter account.
According to the ministry, the signing of the document was preceded by “time-consuming and painstaking negotiations between the ministries”.
“The document is very important. It regulates a number of issues in the water sector. In particular, it involves conducting a joint technical study and monitoring of water bodies built and reconstructed since 1991; the adoption of joint measures to ensure additional discharges from the upper reservoirs,” said the minister.
Magzum Mirzagaliyev made a working visit to Turkistan region, where he learned about restoration work after the burst of Sardoba reservoir.
“An intensive work on increasing the territory of irrigated lands is being carried out in the region that has 536,000 hectares, 21,000 of which are to reconstruct. For these purposes, a large-scale work on restoration and construction of 122 canals with a total length of 736 kilometers is being conducted,” wrote the minister on his page.