Governance of technological innovations in water and energy use in Uzbekistan

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  • Ahmad Hamidov - , Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers (Author)
  • Ulan Kasymov - , Chair of Ecosystem Services, Humboldt University of Berlin (Author)
  • Naiba Allahverdiyeva - , University of Kassel, Azerbaijan State Agricultural University (Author)
  • Christian Schleyer - , Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Kassel, University of Innsbruck (Author)


Increasing water and energy demand in agriculture due to changing climatic conditions and high resource consumption is widespread in Central Asia. Under these constraints, compounded by lack of irrigation water, farmers are opting to use drainage water for crop production, with negative consequences. Focusing on Uzbekistan, we evaluate the governance of farmer adoption of selected technological innovations (i.e., constructed wetlands and biogas) to improve crop productivity while providing water and energy savings. We build upon farmers’ expressed views of the strategic decisions they would take regarding constructed wetlands and biogas plants. We use institutional analysis to identify relevant action situations, highlight potential institutional complementarity between these situations, and indicate promising areas for policy intervention.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalInternational journal of water resources development
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2022

External IDs

unpaywall 10.1080/07900627.2022.2062706
ORCID /0000-0001-5620-1379/work/142236413



  • biogas, constructed wetlands, institutional complementarity, nature-based desalination, Networks of action situations, sustainability

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