Adaptive water governance in Central Asia: Un-puzzling the concept

Bota Sharipova a,b* , Nataliya Chemayeva c

a Kazakh-German University, 111 Pushkin Str., Almaty, 050010, Kazakhstan
b Potsdam Institute for Climate Research, Telegrafenberg, 14473 Potsdam, Germany
c Scientific-Information Center, Interstate Sustainable Development Commission, International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (SIC ICSD IFAS), Turkmenistan Bitarap str. 15, Ashgabat, 744000, Turkmenistan

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Research article

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This article aims to introduce different views regarding the concept of adaptive capacity in water governance and unpack it in the Central Asian context, specifically. The desk study research built on the recommendations provided by the academia, policy papers and by experts on enhancing adaptive water governance. The juxtaposition of the three sets of recommendations demonstrates that the further strengthening of IWRM, as well as experimental approach to resource management, improved access to climate knowledge and disaster risk reduction mechanisms can consolidate the adaptive capacities
of Central Asian water governance systems. The research was limited by the specific set of selected opinions and should be expanded in the future. As a practical outcome, the analysis aimed to provide the decision-makers in Central Asian states with better science-based avenues to planning adaptation measures ensuite the water sector. Thus, the study can be considered a stepping stone in the discussion on the adaptive capacities of water governance in the Central Asian region.

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For citation: Sharipova, B., Chemayeva, N. (2022). Adaptive water governance in Central Asia : Un-puzzling the concept. Central Asian Journal of Water Research, 8(2), 1–18.


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