German Water Resources Policy in Central Asia

  • Oksana A. BoyarkinaEmail author
Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 85)


This chapter examines German policy in the field of water resources in Central Asia. The author considers the reasons of the particular interest of Germany to the Central Asian region and features of the German approach to the problem of improving water resources management. It is important to note that modern German policy in Central Asia in water sector is considered in the context of the development of EU’s policy in this region. Joint meetings and consultations between the countries of Central Asia and Germany led to the development of the Central Asia Strategy Paper 2002–2006, as well as the development and intensification of the enhanced political dialogue with Central Asian countries and the recognition of critical importance to solve the Central Asia’s water problem.

Being a leading member of the European Union and initiator of the EU’s Strategy for Central Asia for the period 2007–2013, Germany is actively promoting the Central Asian direction as a priority in the foreign policy of the EU. In 2008, only within the framework of the “Strategy for a New Partnership between the EU and the Countries of Central Asia for 2007–2013” it became possible to launch the “German Water Initiative for Central Asia” which gradually evolved from the Strategy Paper 2002–2006 and finally led to the subsequent and more specific German policy in the field of water resources. The main objective of the German Water Initiative is political rapprochement of Central Asian states by means of providing a dialogue platform with a view to develop a common regional water strategy. German political foundations, business community, and public organizations also actively participate in solving water problem in the Central Asian region.

The author comes to the conclusion that Germany is seeking to play a special role in solving the water problem in the CAR, pursuing a consistent policy for improving the management of regional water resources. This distinguishes favorably Germany from other states of the European Union.


Central Asia European Union German policy Germany Water initiative Water resources 


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  1. 1.Federal Agency for Scientific OrganizationsMoscowRussia

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