Hornidge, Anna-Katharina, Oberkicher, L, Tischbein, B, Schorcht, G, Bhaduri, A and Manschadi, A.M. (2016) Reconceptualizing water management in Khorezm, Uzbekistan. In: Integrated Water Resources Management: Concept, Research and Implementation. , ed. by Borchardt, D, Bogardi, J.J. and Ibisch, R.B.. Springer International Publishing, Basel, pp. 569-602. ISBN 978-3-319-25069-4

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The Khorezm region is located in the northwest of Uzbekistan, approximately 350 km from the current shore of the Aral Sea.It comprises a large-scale irrigation system that conveys water from the river Amu Darya to agricultural land cropped mainlywith cotton, wheat, and rice. Khorezm’s water resources are vulnerable as they depend on upstream developments and areindispensable to rural livelihoods and state budgets. Since water scarcity is expected to increase in the future, sustainablewater management is a necessity. Hence, the objectives of the paper are to: (1) conceptualize the distinctive features of watermanagement in Khorezm; (2) provide an integrated analysis of water management by establishing linkages between society,technical infrastructure, and the bio-physical environment; and (3) make policy and technology recommendations forimproved water management. To conceptualize water management in Khorezm, the paper distinguishes three types ofpractices: formal practices, strategic practices, and discursive practices. Based on these, it presents an analysis of watermanagement on the state water management level, the water user association level, and the farmer and field level. For eachlevel, recommendations are given. The paper concludes that elements of integrated water resources management (IWRM) suchas transparency, accountability, participation, and technical efficiency are relevant to improve water management in Khorezm,as elsewhere. In addition, it underlines the need to create legal space for agency and innovation. Technical tools such asmodels are increasingly important for facilitating transparency and enabling agents to access and make use of informationacross the management hierarchy.

Document Type: Book chapter
Programme Area: UNSPECIFIED
Research affiliation: Social Sciences > Development and Knowledge Sociology
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2019 11:51
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2024 13:29
URI: http://cris.leibniz-zmt.de/id/eprint/2368

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