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1 Hydropower Flashpoints and Water Security Challenges in Central Asia
Bakhtiyor Mukhammadiev US Embassy Tashkent These slides are personal opinion only. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the U.S. Government.

2 Central Asian ESTH News
Tajikistan: Water Is Weapon In Uzbek Electricity Talks 01/21/2009 Battle Lines Drawn In Central Asian Water Dispute 04/19/2006 Thaw in Tajik-Uzbek Relations 03/12/2009 Tajikistan Warns Of Possible Water Shortage Crisis Tajikistan Offended By Russian Leader's Remarks On Water Use In Region 02/11/2008 Uzbekistan Will Halve Energy To Tajikistan 02/12/2010 Regional Politics Get In Way of Bringing Power to the People 03/03/2007 World Bank Group Statement on Water-Energy in Central Asia 03/11/2010 Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan to Build Hydro Power Station, Despite Uzbekistan’s Objection 04/12/2009 Tajik President Asks UN to Help Solve Central Asia’s Water Problem 04/15/2007 Examination of Allies: What Side of the Fence will Moscow Take in the Water Dispute? 04/22/2006


4 The Amu-Darya River Basin

5 The Syr-Darya River Basin

6 50% 25% 2% 1% 10% 5% / 12% 52% 20% 11% 5% Total water resources: 116 km3/year

7 Central Asia Statistics
Countries Population (106) (2009) GDP (109 USD) Dependence on trans-boundary waters (%) Energy Security Food Security (2010) ODA (106 USD) (2006) Military Spending (2007) Kyrgyzstan 5.3 4.6 73 57 311 0.17 Tajikistan 7.0 5.0 69 31 240 0.53 Upstream 12.3 9.6 71 44 551 0.7 Kazakhstan 15.9 115 42 100 172 1.6 Turkmenistan 5.1 20 94 50 26 1.1 Uzbekistan 27.8 32 77 55 149 Downstream 48.8 139 65 347 4.3 Central Asia 61.1 167 18 86 58.6 898

8 New dimensions of regional security in Central Asia
90% and 95% of energy in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan come from hydro Energy Security Food Security Water Security Water security is a common feature Food security/Water scarcity/Access to Water/Pro-poor Irrigation Environ-mental Security Environmental refugees (Environment and Security Initiative)

9 Understanding Central Asia

10 Understanding Water in Central Asia
Resource sovereignty Crumbling infrastructure Planned Projects Access to water Environmental security Drought & floods Rivalry Water for Afghanistan Climate change Declaratory regionalism Energy security Importance & dependence on water Resource sovereignty Rival objectives for allocations In search of legitimacy for unilateral actions Risk factors (population growth, climate change) Water geopolitics (Manas case) Afghanistan Institutions, agreements

11 Amu-Darya and Syr-Darya Rivers
Aral Sea Basin Water Balance Amu-Darya and Syr-Darya Rivers (116 km3) Groundwater (13 km3) Total (129 km3=100%) Total withdrawals (120 km3=93%) Return water 33 km3=29% Discharged into depressions (10 km3=30%) Back to rivers (18 km3=55%) Reused water (5 km3=15%) Natural losses (6.5 km3=5%) Aral Sea (N/A) Irrigation, 90% Industry, 5.4% Drinking, 3.2% Env. flow, 1.4%

12 Central Asian Water Related Agreements
BWO Syr-Darya UDC Energy Irrigation-energy trade-offs Agreement on Use of Water and Energy Resources of Syr-Darya Basin Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan 04/17/1998 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan TM Ministry of Water, UZ Ministry of Ag and Water 50/50 division of Amu-Darya flow at Kerki river post Agreement on Cooperation in Water Management Issues Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan 01/16/1996 Charjev, Turkmenistan ICAS/IFAS Sustainable development; obligation to cooperate Agreement on Joint Activities to Address the Aral Sea Issues Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan 03/26/1993 Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan ICWC; BWO Amu-Darya; BWO Syr-Darya Institutions Soviet time water allocation rules prevail; joint decision making; not to cause harm Governing Rules Agreement on Cooperation in Management of Use and Protection of Water Resources of Interstate Sources 02/18/1992 Almaty, Kazakhstan Title Parties Date/place

13 Central Asian Regional Institutions
HEADS OF STATE COUNCIL EC IFAS Branch in Nukus, Uzbekistan in Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan in Dashauz, Turkmenistan International Fund to Save the Aral Sea (IFAS) President IFAS Board of Directors Executive Committee (Almaty) Interstate Commission for Water Coordination Interstate Commission for Sustainable Development Secretariat Scientific Information Center (Ashgabat) Scientific-Information Center (Tashkent) BWO Syr-Darya Amu-Darya (Urgench)

1 ROGHUN UZBEKISTAN Shurob 2 ROGHUN NUREK 3 Status: Under construction Purpose: Hydropower, irrigation Volume: 13 km3 Capacity: 3600 MW Cost: Billion USD Status: Under construction Purpose: Hydropower Duration: Capacity: MW Cost: 650 and 182 Million USD SANGTUDA 1 & 2 Baipaza 4 TURKMENISTAN 5 Sangtuda-1 6 Sangtuda-2 7 Golovnaya Perepadnaya 8 10 DASHTIJUM Tsentralnaya 9 Status: Proposed Purpose: Hydropower, irrigation Volume: 17.6 km3 Capacity: 4000 MW Cost: 3.2 Billion USD DASHTIJUM AFGHANISTAN

15 Unilateral developments Syr-Darya Basin: Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan
Koksaray Reservoir in KZ Purpose: Re-regulation of upstream winter releases Volume: 3 km3 Duration: Cost: 200 Million USD Status: Completed Kambarata I&II Projects in KG Purpose: Hydropower Volume: 4.7 km3 Duration: Capacity: MW Cost: 2.2 Billion USD Status: Under construction Fergana Reservoirs in UZ Purpose: Re-regulation of upstream winter releases Volume: 2.5 km3 Duration: Cost: N/A Status: Under construction

16 Unilateral developments Golden Century Lake of Turkmenistan
Amudarya River Unilateral developments Golden Century Lake of Turkmenistan Uzbekistan Karashor Depression: Golden Century Lake site Purpose: Agricultural development Duration: Volume: 132 km3 Cost: 9 Billion USD Status: Under construction Turkmenistan Golden Century Canal Karakum Canal Afghanistan Iran

17 [possible] Unilateral Development Amu-Darya River Basin: Afghanistan
STATUS-QUO According to the 1946 agreement between the Soviet Union and Afghanistan, Afghanistan is entitled to use up to 9 km3/yr from the River Pyanj, a tributary of the Amu-Darya. Afghanistan currently uses about 2 km3/yr. PROPOSED PROJECTS Proposed 15% expansion of irrigated lands in the northern Afghanistan region, which contribute to the Amudarya flow, may require an increase of withdrawals by 6 km3/yr. POTENTIAL IMPACT Full use of Afghanistan’s quota for water use from the Pyanj (9 km3/yr), fixed by the 1946 agreement, could radically change the water flow along the Pyanj and would have a significant impact on the downstream flow regime of the Amu-Darya.

18 Riparian positions: TAJIKISTAN
“…Tajikistan has the right to develop hydropower potential along its domestic waterways. These include the Vakhsh River…” President of Tajikistan Mr. Emomali Rakhmon, UN MDG Summit, 09/20/2010, New York Address by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan Hamrokhon Zarifi at the 17th OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting, Athens, 12/01/2009 “…The construction of Roghun Hydropower Plant on the Vakhsh River will not harm downstream interests…the Vakhsh River is responsible for only a small part of Amu-Darya flow, upstream from the existing Nurek dam, so it cannot hold back water…” Address by the President Emomali Rakhmon at the Roghun HPP site, 10/29/2009 “…Tajikistan worried about inefficiencies in water use in downstream countries. Total surface area of reservoirs in downstream countries is more than the Aral Sea, and more are being constructed…” Remarks of President Emomali Rakhmon at the IFAS Heads of State Summit, Almaty, 04/28/2009 “…Largest share of Central Asian water originates in Tajikistan…Tajikistan has a vested interest in maintaining adequate water. Tajikistan is concerned about global warming and glacial melt, which affects water supply…” Address by the President Emomali Rakhmon at the Roghun HPP site, 10/29/2009

19 Riparian positions: KYRGYZSTAN
“…in such a difficult time for Kyrgyzstan, a launching of the first hydro-generator of Kambarata HPP-1 is a historic event for the country. Construction and launch of this HPP demonstrates the power of our country, and we do not intend to abandon the constructions of Kambarata-2 and Kambarata-1…We will be able to live well in both winter and summer, and are increasing our [electricity] export potential…Of course, we will cooperate on this plan with Uzbekistan…” Kyrgyzstan's acting President Roza Otunbayeva presses a symbolic red button to start the first unit of hydroelectric power station Kambarata-2, 08/30/2010 Remarks of President Ms. Roza Otunbayeva at the launching ceremony of the first aggregate of the Kambarata-2 HPP, 08/30/2010 “…Kyrgyzstan is interested in rational utilization of water resources, in raising its investment potential [for hydropower projects], environmental safety and development of alternative energy sources, implementation of regional hydropower projects under the CASAREM, and primarily in the construction of transmission lines Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan…” Remarks of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyz Republic Mr. Ruslan Kazakbaev, UN MDG Summit, 09/27/2010, New York

20 Riparian positions: UZBEKISTAN
“…New hydropower projects in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan violate existing agreements and are against to international law. Both Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan must receive prior-consent of downstream countries…” President of Uzbekistan Mr. Islam Karimov, UN MDG Summit, 09/20/2010, New York Press Release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, 02/23/2008 “…Uzbekistan stands firm on the need for binding international examination of all hydropower projects on transboundary rivers…such examinations must be carried out under the aegis of UN and include independent authoritative experts…” Press Release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, 04/14/2009 “…In accordance with international customary law, upstream countries are under obligation not to cause significant harm and to prevent, control and reduce transboundary impacts…” Address by President Islam Karimov to the participants of the International Aral Sea Conference, Tashkent, 04/11/2008 “… …The resolution of [water/energy] problems is the exclusive prerogative of the countries in the region… the interferences of the third parties/countries in water/energy problems of Central Asia is unacceptable…” Press Release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, 04/14/2009 “…Upstream countries can save energy through electricity loss reduction programs...[or] consider building smaller hydropower plants…” Press Release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, 04/24/2009

21 Riparian positions: KAZAKHSTAN
“…Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, being countries downstream of the Syr Darya and Amu Darya rivers, need guarantees [offered by international feasibility studies]…It is a question of water supply to millions of people…Until the results of [international] expert testing are available, no dam should be built…” President of Kazakhstan Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, United Nations Remarks of President Nazarbayev, Press Briefing with President Karimov, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 03/18/2010 “…"Over time, this [water] problem may turn out very large (and) it is necessary to secure drinking water for the entire Central Asian region…Why not recall a project to divert the flow of Siberian rivers into Central Asia?…” Remarks of President Nazarbayev, Press Briefing with President Medvedev, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, 09/08/2010 “…it is important for Kazakhstan to address the issues of joint management and rational use of transboundary water resources of the [Central Asian] region through co-financing of regional projects of water management…” Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan

22 Riparian positions: TURKMENISTAN
“…we must resolve these issues exclusively based on the universally accepted norms and principles of international law taking into account the interests of all States in the region and with participation of international organizations…” Remarks of President Berdymuhamedov, IFAS Heads of State Summit, 04/28/2009 “…the need for mandatory and transparent independent international technical, economic and environmental impact assessment of hydropower projects on rivers at their early design stages…” Remarks of President Berdymuhamedov, IFAS Heads of State Summit, 04/28/2009 “… Turkmenistan stands ready to supply neighbors with natural gas, LNG, and electricity. Once we solve the problem of energy, we can easterly solve the problem of water…” President of Turkmenistan Mr. Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov, UN MDG Summit, 09/20/2010, New York Remarks of President Berdymuhamedov, IFAS Heads of State Summit, 04/28/2009 “…Turkmenistan urges the countries in the region - Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan to make a joint compensation to help [Tajikistan] resolve its energy problems, in exchange for a commitment to maintain the current level of water [Tajikistan] draws from cross-border rivers...” Remarks of President Berdymuhamedov at the meeting with President Rakhmon, 10/01/2009

23 Planned Roghun HPP & Reservoir on the Vakhsh River (Embassy Dushanbe)
Roghun designed in Tashkent by Soviet experts. Built – like Nurek – to withstand 9+ earthquake; Vakhsh cascade designed as a 2-reservoir system: upstream (Roghun) dam operates in energy mode, the downstream (Nurek) in irrigation mode; Roghun would open up hundreds of thousands of hectares of land for cultivation in Uzbekistan; Tajikistan would never harm downstream neighbors – anyway, Roghun upstream from Nurek, so cannot hold back water; Bigger problem in Central Asia is unchecked construction of new downstream reservoirs. This is killing the Aral Sea; Tajikistan forced to provide for its own energy needs because it is excluded from regional exchanges. Roghun site 2008 Roghun site 2010 Nurek Dam Nurek reservoir

24 Government of Uzbekistan Expert Opinion on Roghun (November 2008)
Engineering design of Roghun HPS violates international rules; Amu-Darya’s natural runoff plainly matches irrigation requirements (80% of the runoff occurs from Apr thru Oct); Roghun operation in energy mode would create water shortages downstream (22% less water on average); The dam site is located within seismically active zone; construction of the dam can provoke stronger earthquakes; destruction of the dam caused by earthquake would flood large populated areas in TJ, AF, UZ and TU; Large winter releases would cause land deterioration in lowlands; Reduced summer releases would cause salt accumulation in large irrigated fields downstream; $4.1 billion/year direct economic damages from loss of grain and cotton yields, processing and fishing industry; $146.5 million environmental damages (reduction of riparian woodlands, pastures, extinction of animal and bird species); Economic damages would affect 12 million people in Uzbekistan and 6 million people in Turkmenistan; Energy regime of Roghun would worsen potable water supply to 18 million people in downstream; Alternative to the Roghun would be to construct small hydropower dams with daily regulation of storages.

25 World Bank Roghun Project Assessment Studies
- The Five-Point Program - Consultant (Assessment) Studies The Bank will oversee consultant studies financed under IDA grant and credit to GOT, including a selection of consultants, contract negotiations and review of all interim and draft reports. The Bank will also affect direct payment to the consultants. All short-listed consultants have been selected thru ICB and are experienced in similar projects. Regional Studies The bank will undertake certain studies independently of GOT, funded thru Bank managed trust funds. These studies will focus on: (a) alternatives to Roghun to meet both domestic energy needs and export opportunities; (b) possible mechanisms to manage reservoir operations with transboundary impacts; and (c) verification of hydrological data and analysis. Panels of Experts The Bank will select, manage and fund two International Panels of Experts that will participate in the studies and provide independent advice, guidance and quality assurance. Panel members will be well-know in their fields of expertise and will be drawn from outside former Soviet republics to ensure independence. The Engineering/Dam Safety Panel will focus on TEAS while the Environment/Social Panel will focus on the ESIA; however, the Panels shall coordinate and ensure necessary linkages between the two studies (Note: These Panels are usually convened by the Borrower) Riparian Involvement The Bank will facilitate a structured process for riparian involvement in the Assessment Studies, to include information exchange and access to independent experts. The specific program will be determined with input from riparians. Commitments GOT has committed to fully comply with all Bank operational policies and to align construction with study results; specifically as it concerns the construction of the coffer dam. The Bank’s involvement is contingent on ongoing GOT commitment to the operation policies and ensuring no river diversion prior to completion of studies. Assessment Studies for Proposed Rogun Regional Water Reservoir and Hydropower Project in Tajikistan In response to a request from the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, the World Bank is supporting the preparation of two studies on the proposed Rogun Regional Water Reservoir and Hydropower Project in Tajikistan (Rogun HPP) through a combined International Development Association (IDA) grant and credit. The two studies are: Techno-Economic Assessment Study (TEAS); and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) These Assessment Studies will examine the potential benefits and risks of the proposed Rogun HPP and comprehensively evaluate its technical, economic, social, and environmental viability based on the current international standards and practices and in accordance with the Bank’s policies and procedures. They will provide the Government of Tajikistan, the World Bank, the other Central Asian countries and the international community with information about key elements associated with the proposed Rogun HPP. The proposed Assessment Studies, which could take approximately 18 months to complete from their commencement, have already benefited from extensive consultations on their Terms of Reference, which the World Bank facilitated in with the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan. In supporting the Rogun Assessment Studies, as part of the Central Asia Energy-Water Development Program, the World Bank has committed to an expanded role to ensure credible, transparent assessments that are open to international scrutiny and riparian dialogue. World Bank’s role includes the following steps: Oversee Assessment Studies, including review of selection of consultants, attendance at contract negotiations, and review of all interim and draft reports. Manage direct payments to the firms selected to undertake the Assessment Studies. Undertake additional studies (to be funded by the World Bank or World Bank-managed Trust Funds), including studies of the energy supply and water management alternatives to the proposed Rogun Regional Water Reservoir and Hydropower Project that will be undertaken in parallel to the Assessment Studies. Select and manage two independent Panels of Experts (to be funded by the World Bank or World Bank-managed Trust Funds) that will participate in the studies, providing objective advice, guidance and quality assurance. Facilitate a structured process for riparian involvement, including information exchange and access to independent experts. Additional studies that the World Bank will undertake in addition to IDA support for the Rogun Assessment Studies and independently of the Government of Tajikistan will focus on: Assessment of options and alternatives to a proposed Rogun HPP which is a usual component to the project assessment. The World Bank will undertake this study to consider the range of options to meet energy security needs, water management services, and help harness the potential for energy exports in Tajikistan. The study will help the Government, the Bank and the international community to better understand the range of investment options for energy and water security at the least cost and highest development value. Possible mechanisms to manage reservoir operations with transboundary impacts. Hydrologic data and analysis which will further establish the credibility of the water analysis in the Assessment Studies. The studies undertaken by the World Bank will be funded by the World Bank or World Bank-managed Trust Funds in parallel with the Assessment Studies on the proposed Rogun HPP. At this time, the World Bank has reached an understanding with the Government of Tajikistan that no new construction would commence until after the techno-economic and environmental/social studies have been shared and discussed with riparians, and the studies are reviewed by the independent Bank-funded Panel of Experts to determine feasibility.

26 Timeline of Water-related Institutional and Treaty Events
1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 1999 2000 2007: UZ accedes to 1992 UNECE and 1997 UN Water Conventions 1998: UN Special Program for Economies of Central Asia 2001: Shanghai Cooperation Organization 2001: Eurasian Economic Community 1992: Economic 1997: Central Asian Economic Cooperation 1994: Central Asian 1993: Commonwealth of Independent States 1992: Almaty Agreement: ICWC, BWOs 1993: Kyzylorda ICAS / IFAS Collapse of USSR 1994: Aral Sea Basin Program Phase I 1998: Syrdarya Framework Agreement 2002: Dushanbe Declaration of Heads of State 1996: Amudarya Agreement between UZ and TU 2000: Chu-Talas KG and KZ 2006: MoU between AF and TJ 2000: KZ accedes Water Convention 1995: Nukus 2002: Aral Sea Phase II 1999: Agreements on (1) Hydrometeorology and (2) Parallel Operation of Energy Systems 2001: TW Framework Agreement between KZ and CN 2006: Framework Agreement on EP and SD in CA 2009: Heads of State Joint Statement 2010: Aral Sea Basin Program Phase III

27 Our Bottom Line: During the next 10 years, many countries important to the United States will experience water problems—shortages, poor water quality, or floods—that will risk instability and state failure, increase regional tensions, and distract them from working with the United States on important US policy objectives. Between now and 2040, fresh water availability will not keep up with demand absent more effective management of water resources. Water problems will hinder the ability of key countries to produce food and generate energy, posing a risk to global food markets and hobbling economic growth. As a result of demographic and economic development pressures, North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia will face major challenges coping with water problems.

28 The Aral Sea 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

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