WUA “Ob Umed” (Water is Hope)

May 30, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

WUA "Ob Umed" (Water is Hope)

Working with nine downstream villages that have collectively faced severe water shortages, extreme droughts, and seasonal crop failures, Water Users Association (WUA) “Ob Umed”, or Water is Hope in English, is working towards the establishment of an equitable water distribution system based on traditional water rights, distribution rules, and the communal maintenance of local water infrastructure. The grassroots initiative has reintroduced traditional water management institutions, eroded during the Soviet era, that establish specific rights, duties, and functions for community-elected water canal custodians. These custodians ensure the fair distribution of water resources among the villages.

This initiative is a model for best practice in local governance and community-based decision-making, with more than 5,000 active community members contributing to regular group meetings, trainings, and local infrastructure projects. Designed as a response to growing climate stresses, water resource conflicts, and the need for better irrigation systems and farming practices, WUA “Ob Umed” is improving access to drinking water through a model of local self-reliance and community-based action designed as a response to growing climate stresses, water resource conflicts, and the need for better irrigation systems and farming practices.

 

Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2014

Founded: 2009

Location: Porshinev Municipality, Tajikistan

Beneficiaries: 1,318 households and 8,723 residents across nine villages of Porshinev

Area of Focus: Equitable water distribution and maintenance of local water infrastructure

 

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 Equator Prize 2014

Eastern Europe And Central Asia

 Freshwater Management

 Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change


 

Contact Information

Mamadghoziev Bakhtul
Email:m.bakhtul@mail.ru
Language(s): English, Tajik, Russian

 

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