The experiences of the former
projects show that a strong long-term cooperation of the independent hydrometeorological surveys in providing regional hydrometeorological base-line information
is a must. The experiences of international hydrological river basins commissions,
e.g. of the International Commission for Hydrology of the Rhine Basin prove
the great benefit of regional cooperation of national surveys and are thus used as input for
the implementation of Regional Center of Hydrology in Central Asia (RCH). The five countries consequently decided to
set up an RCH, with the main goals: Operation of an information and communication system, capacity building,
training and co-ordination. The RCH is anticipated for a period of at least 10
years and is supported by Switzerland and is supported by Switzerland (financed by SDC).
The main activities of the first three years period 2001-2004 are:
- Establishment and operation of
- Establishment and operation of a regional information and communication system;
of runoff forecast to additional basins and operation of the regional forecast center;
- Training of staff
of the five hydrometeorological surveys in flow forecasting, monitoring, processing and dissemination of
- Operation, improvement, maintenance and
modification of monitoring stations as well as data processing and
|Tasks of the Regional
Centre of Hydrology|
hydrological baseline information for regional projects|
|- water quality
|- snow cover
||- hydrological data
|- land use
||- meteorological data
|- terrain models
One action of the RCH must be the integration of the 25 transboundary stations funded by the World Bank.
The set up of these transboundary stations, enabling the countries to get reliable hydrological data at the
border areas, is also a part of the integrated hydrological network of the Aral Sea basin. The RCH should
support the countries in the operation of these stations and in information exchange as well as with
regional training of national staff.
In such a way it is intended to get harmonized, reliable data and
water information for the Aral Sea region.