At the regional level, the two countries reached a formal agreement in 2000 on the use of interstate water facilities in the basin through the establishment of the Chu Talas Joint River Commission. This agreement is also unique in that it prescribes the costs of repairing and maintaining shared riverine infrastructure to be borne by Kazakhstan, as the Kyrgyz Republic lacks the resources for such tasks.
This is an excerpt of a case study from WaterWealth, a publication on basin management across Asia and the Pacific. WaterWealth is available for download on the
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