Introduction

Water management in Central Asia
The legacies of the past

Historical patterns of water usage and water management
Water usage and water management in the Soviet Union
Ecological legacies: environmental impacts of unsustainable water management
Political legacies: conflicting usage interests of irrigation and energy production

Transboundary waters
in the six states of the Aral Sea basin

Afghanistan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan

IFAS:  a history of post-Soviet cooperation

IFAS: organizational structure 
The Aral Sea Basin Program (ASBP)
The challenges of effective regional water cooperation
Additional efforts for water cooperation
The 2009 summit and the reform process

The role of international players

Rehabilitating infrastructure for water efficiency
Supporting local transboundary water management
Improving data availability and exchange
Creating platforms for dialogue

Conclusion

The way forward

Infoboxes:

Climate change affects water
The Amu Darya and the Syr Darya, Central Asia’s lifelines
Water — a gift of God, an economic good or a human right?
From the Aral Sea to the Aralkum: The Aral Sea catastrophe
Water scarcity analyzed
Water resources and water usage in Central Asia
Reconciling food security and energy security— mission impossible?
Water availability and usage per country
Who owns the water? - International law and transboundary waters
Transboundary aquifers
Joint Statement of the Heads of States Founders of the International Fund for Savin the Aral Sea
Integrated Water Resources Management