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Proposal developed : Aral-HYCOS

The Aral-HYCOS project is being developed in response to a request made to WMO by the five Central Asian States (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan). Two meetings of representatives of the national Hydrometeorological Services were held December 1999 and in September 2000 respectively to discuss the proposal and review the draft project document.

The project, which will be complementary to the World Bank funded activities in the area, will provide for real-time transmission of hydrological data from a network of observation stations to national centres and a regional centre, for the establishment of a regional coordinating centre and for training of hydrological personnel.

The Swiss Cooperation for Development expressed interest in the project; they are discussing with WMO the possibility of a contribution to the project implementation, tentatively of about € 4,000,000.