Uzbekistan: Water Resources Management Sector Project

Project completed
WRMSP - with farmers in the field
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In Uzbekistan agricultural production almost entirely depends on irrigation. The country is therefore compelled to using existing water resources much more efficiently, especially in irrigation, which consumes over 90% of the water. After the collapse of the Soviet Union the region inherited huge irrigation schemes, and the associated storage facilities were all managed centrally at that time. The newly independent states inherited a system of inefficient water management, seriously deteriorated infrastructure and poor institutional settings all coupled with the prevailing arid geo-climatic features of the region.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Central Asia
Agriculture & food security
Water resources conservation
Agricultural water resources
Agricultural development
15.02.2010 - 31.12.2015
CHF 3'120'000

Switzerland is implementing the WRMSP Component 2: Improved Water Resources Management. The Swiss funded component development objective– which is in line with SDC water sector objectives - is to increase the productivity and financial and environmental stability and the profitability of agriculture in the project areas. As such it contributes to improved effectiveness of water resources management and to the further development of private farming, more secure livelihoods, increased environmental stability, and greater social harmony


The WRMSP project intends to sustain and increase agricultural production and productivity in Uzbekistan by making selected pump irrigation systems fully functional and operating in an efficient manner.

Target groups
  • Basin Administrations of Irrigation Systems
  • Administrations of Irrigation Systems
  • Water Consumer Associations
  • Farmer Field Schools
Medium-term outcomes

SDC’s contribution focuses on the soft component of this major ADB project, and further promotes IWRM, strengthens capacities of 3 Basin Administrations of Irrigation Systems (BAIS), 4 Administrations of Irrigation Systems (AIS) and 34 Water Consumer Associations (WCA), establishes and equips 20 Farmer Field Schools (FFS) to disseminate best water saving practices.


Expected results:  

The benefits for each subproject will be i) improved agricultural production through rehabilitation and restoration of infrastructure and appropriate irrigation services preventing the possible abandonment of land; ii) increased energy efficiency through more efficient motors and pumps; iii) improved water management practices, water use efficiency and water productivity; iv) decreased land degradation through improved irrigation and drainage management; v) positive impact on climate change through mitigation (less consumption of thermally produced electricity and thus emissions with new pumps) and adaptation (more efficient water use). 

The Swiss participation in the WRMSP project will enhance effective use of available assets and resources, thus making a valuable contribution to supporting the agricultural sector of Uzbekistan.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss cooperation with Eastern Europe
Project partners Contract partner
Private sector
  • Swiss Private Sector

Other partners
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of the Republic of Uzbekistan
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Project Management Office
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   3'120'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   2'656'581
Project phases

Phase 1 15.02.2010 - 31.12.2015   (Completed)