The Irrigation Sector Reform was one of the most complex activities of the Transition to High Value Agriculture Project of the Compact. It focused on the legal transfer of the management and operation of the rehabilitated irrigation systems from public authorities to Water Users’ Associations (WUAs) and introduction of a modern water use rights system and appropriate legal and institutional frameworks to allow for private and/or donor investments in the irrigation sector.
To this end, the Compact and the Government of Moldova developed the basic legal framework that regulates WUA operation and drove the process towards the enactment of a new Water Law that regulates issuance of special water use authorizations for a longer term (up to 12 years) for WUAs and other water users.
The mission and the major objective of this activity is to address the WUA administration and management gaps by providing support to both the 11 WUAs established during the Compact program and Apele Moldovei Agency. Therefore, SDA Moldova’s efforts will be directed towards:
SDA Moldova will pay more attention to building WUAs’ capacities for the operation and maintenance of the central irrigation systems rehabilitated during and after the defect notification period, as well as the skills to address logistical issues, comply with legal requirements and ensure their financial soundness and sustainability. This support will include, but will not confine to, the following: