We are pleased to publish a new ‘coffee-table’ style book titled The Panj-Amu River Basin Programme: Improving Integrated Water Resources Management – For a Better Future which has been produced on behalf of the European Union (EU) Delegation in Afghanistan.
This publication provides a summary of the work of the EU funded Panj-Amu River Basin Programme (P-ARBP) in Afghanistan, which, along with its precursor programmes, ran from 2004 to 2017.
Over this period the EU has allocated approximately EUR 100 million to river basin management programmes in the basin. The publication, along with a short ‘achievements and lessons learned brief’ will help to share lessons with stakeholders such as the Afghan government and donors on the design and implementation of river basin management projects.
Achievements of P-ARBP have included:
Over 58,000ha (64 irrigation schemes) have directly benefitted from improved irrigation infrastructure, leading to an increase in irrigated cropped area by 27,000ha. Over 800 irrigation (water regulating) structures (such as headworks, off-takes, cross-regulators and cross drainages) constructed or rehabilitated through civil works investments totalling approximately EUR 44 million, averaging EUR750 / ha, with an estimated economic internal rate of return (EIRR) of 21%.
Over 800,000 water users (19% of the population of the basin) are represented in 98 water user associations (WUAs) which manage 170,000 ha of command area under various irrigation systems, which is around 40% of the Panj-Amu River Basin irrigated area.
Over 150,000 upper catchment users, with equal female and male members, are represented in 300 catchment management associations, regenerating and protecting over 120,000 ha of pastures, rangeland and degraded woodlands. 650 anti-erosion devices constructed.
Establishment of over 1000 household based nurseries, all managed by women, with 2 million tree saplings planted (average 88% survival rate) in the upper catchment. As a result of tree planting approximately 123,000 tonnes of CO2 are sequestered annually, the equivalent of removing about 27,000 cars from the road.
Landell Mills was contracted by the EU to support the government in the implementation of P-ARBP.
Find out more about the project here: