CAWa - Tools Supporting Water Management in Central Asia
Central Asia, comprising Kazakh-stan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, is characterized by a highly continental semi-arid climate. Climate change and variability have substantial impact on water availability and thus present a major challenge for sustainable agricultural devel-opment and energy production. The project „Central Asian Water“ (CAWa) is part of the German Water Initiative for Central Asia (“Berlin Process”) which was launched by the German Federal Foreign Office in 2008 at the “Water Unites” conference in Berlin. Since then, CAWa scien-tists in close cooperation with Central Asian partner organi-zations, have developed several tools, all aiming at the improve-ment of transboundary water management. The tools cover a broad range of water related applications, such as hydro-meteorological obser-vations in high mountain re-gions, radar altimetry based monitoring of reservoir levels, remote sensing based esti-mation of land use, irrigation, potential yield and snow cover and user-friendly algorithms for seasonal precipitation and runoff forecasts. It is our policy to make all data and methods freely accessible, some are already used by Central Asian partners and stakeholders and have been found to support decision making at the regional level. Interested users are welcome!