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The Socio-Technical Aspects of Water Management: Emerging Trends at Grass Roots Level in Uzbekistan

This white paper examines the trends in water management in Uzbekistan

During the Soviet era, water management was deemed to be a technical issue to be managed by bureaucracy. Post-independence, irrigation and water management has become an explicitly political and social issue in central Asia, due to structural changes in agriculture.

But in Uzbekistan the situation is different – the state still heavily present in the regulation of agricultural production.

Water management is still considered a technical issue because other dimensions – economic, social and political are fixed through strong state regulation.

However new mechanisms are emerging, with water users' associations becoming arenas of interaction for the interest groups involved in water management.

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