Water and Environmental Management in the Aral Sea Basin

Project Summary

Project objective is to address the root causes of the overuse and pollution of water in the Aral Sea Basin, support the sustainable mgmt. and future development of its natural resources by formalizing, and then implementing the first stage of, a regional strategic action plan. Project will help 5 states sharing the Basin to (a) develop and implement regl. and natl. water mgmt. strategies and agreements focusing on water uses, efficiency and sharing, (b) assess water quality problems, develop cost-effective strategies to improve water quality, (c) expand and upgrade monitoring and regl. databases on water quantity, dynamics and quality, enhance a regl. envntl. information system in order to support decision-making, (d) restore certain Aral Sea wetlands, (e) support campaign to educate the public about the nature/extent of the problems.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
Executive Commitiee of the Interstate Council for the Aral Sea Basin
GEF Period:
GEF - 1
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
25,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
12,000,000 USD
Co-financing Total
9,000,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
Total Cost 21,025,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Preparation Grant Approved
20 May 1996
Concept Approved
01 May 1997
Project Approved for Implementation
15 May 1998
Project closed
30 Jun 2003