Integration of Villages into WUAs

The Rising Challenge for Local Water Management in Uzbekistan


  • Nozilakhon Mukhamedova International Water Management Institute
  • Kai Wegerich International Water Management Institute


anarchy, central asia, ferghana valley, gender, multiple use of water, water users


Although originally conceived as farmer organizations, today water user associations (WUAs)
are expected to incorporate different water users and uses. However, the inclusion of different
client groups in WUAs’ governance and management structure and the expansion of their service
provision appear to present certain challenges.
Using a case study from Uzbekistan, this paper explores whether a recently established WUA
is able to integrate small users in village settlements and to provide services to meet the rising
water demands of the rural population in Ferghana province. The finding shows that traditional
water control, including technical, organizational, political and socio-economic components,
is ill equipped to integrate the rural community. This challenge will increase with increasing
population pressure and finite resources.


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How to Cite

Mukhamedova, N. ., & Wegerich, K. . (2014). Integration of Villages into WUAs: The Rising Challenge for Local Water Management in Uzbekistan. International Journal of Water Governance, 2(2-3), 153–170. Retrieved from

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