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/ Case studies / English

China: Progress in agricultural water management and reallocation; growing more with less (#458)

China is at the heart of debates around the perceived trade-off between economic growth and environmental protection. Since the early 1990s, the country has experienced remarkable economic growth, lifting nearly 600 million people out of poverty and averaging a per capita GDP growth rate of 8.9%. The question of how to release water to growing urban areas and industries while continuing to increase farm production and rural incomes is therefore something of a political headache.Since 2000, the government’s desire to build an ‘ecological civilization’ has meant greater integration of economic development, environmental protection and poverty reduction in the country’s most important national planning documents and policy agendas. Promoting more efficient agricultural water use can encourage economic growth and is a good investment. China’s success in releasing water from its agricultural sector has allowed its industry and services to use the water saved to grow.

/ Case studies / English

Ghana and Burkina Faso: The Challenge Program on Water and Food in Volta Basin (#454)

The farmers in the Volta river basin generally rely on rain-fed agriculture. However, insufficient or irregular rainfall frequently puts farmers at risk of losing their crops. Farmers must have access to a reliable water supply to sustain their livelihoods. In line with the problems highlighted, the Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) set out to find ways to strengthen the capacity of the famers, communities and other stake holders in the basin. As a lesson learnt, it is reasonable to expect stakeholders to adopt improved agricultural practices if such new practices are of their own benefit. Experiences show that stakeholders will only participate in innovation platform meetings when they see the value of doing so.

/ Technical Focus Papers / English

Integrated Water Resources Management in Central Asia: The Challenges of Managing Large Transboundary Rivers

This paper focuses on IWRM experiences in Central Asia where the major rivers flow from the headwaters in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan to the downstream Fergana Valley in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Water demand in the region is dominated by energy requirements and irrigation. This paper draws lessons from introducing IWRM at many different levels of management – from interstate, to national and district level. Technical Focus Papers are publications of the GWP Technical Committee that harness and share knowledge generated by GWP Partnerships.
/ Technical background papers / English

Groundwater Governance and Irrigated Agriculture

The paper provides an overview on the global groundwater economy and assesses the opportunities it offers for irrigated agriculture, as well as the risks it poses for depleting and degrading aquifer systems. The paper also reviews and evaluates various groundwater governance models. This is a Technical Background Paper, written by the GWP Technical Committee, a group of internationally recognised professionals in integrated water resources management.
/ Perspectives papers / English

Coordinating Land and Water Governance

New geopolitics of land and water call for a more strategic, governance-level response in which land and water are reconnected, and the political dimension of how they are allocated and used are fully recognised. This is a Perspectives Paper, meant to incite a discussion on important issues related to water and development.
/ Technical Focus Papers / Russian

Интегрированное управление водными ресурсами в Центральной Азии: Проблемы управления большими трансграничными реками

Данная техническая тематическая публикация является второй в серии изданий, предоставляющих критический обзор прогресса, достигнутого в области планирования и применения на практике комплексного управления водными ресурсами (ИУВР). В статьях обобщены проблемы, успехи, неудачи и направления дальнейшей интеграции. Они предоставляют ценную информацию, из которой другие могут извлечь уроки и применить их к своим конкретным и часто уникальным обстоятельствам.