International Technical Conference About Lake Sarez:


Primary objective of the Conference is to support the efforts of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan in prevention of the possible break of the Lake Sarez and choice of the long-term solutions on basis of the results and recommendations of the previous conducted scientific researches. The following are direct objectives of the Conference:

1. Introduction to the current state of Lake Sarez and the Usoy dam on the basis of the available data; analysis of the implementation of the projects and programs, and a brief expedition trip to Lake Sarez;

2. Introduction to the current projects and programs of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and of the international organizations pertaining to the Lake Sarez issues;

3. Expert discussion of the urgent problems existing with regard to Lake Sarez, identifying priority objectives;

4. Exchange of information on international lakes with a failure risk and mountain lakes, and ways of addressing related issues. Selection of similar and optimal options and strategies for dealing with the problems related to ensuring safety of Lake Sarez;      

5. Identifying further objectives and needs for increasing the awareness of governments, international organizations to the solution of the problems associated with Lake Sarez as the lake with a failure risk;

6. Development of recommendations for further implementation of specific measures with regard to Lake Sarez.


Date & Venue

Conference will be held on September 2 - 4, 2009 in Nurek city,


Preliminary Program

Main topics for discussion:

- Lake Sarez historical review;

- Geological and seismological features of the Sarez Lake area;

- Characteristic of the hydrological regime and climatic features of the Sarez Lake area;

- Risk of the Sarez Lake in view of the transboundary problem of the Central Asia region;

- Threats of the Sarez Lake break;

- Right-bank slope is a main source of threat of the Sarez Lake break;

- Social and economical problems related with Sarez Lake safety;

- International dam safety requirements;

- Projects on reduction of the Sarez Lake risk outcomes and recommendations;

- Installation of the monitoring and early warning systems;

- Necessity in conduction of the additional researches needed for putting the lake in the safety state;

- Long-term solutions - overview and assessment of the proposed variants;

- Prospects of use of the Sarez Lake waters;

- Developing of the Sarez Lake for wellbeing of the population and economics of the region countries.


Participants to Be Invited

- Experts from various fields, such as hydrology, glaciology, climatology, soil science, rock mechanics, slope stability, earthquake engineering, dam stability and safety, tunnel engineering, dam break expertise, monitoring expertise and alike representing the leading international organizations and universities on these fields over the world;

- Experts (2 experts for each country) from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Russia;

- Experts, researchers and scientists from Tajikistan.

Number of participants will be limited to 25-30 participants representing international organizations, 10-12 participants from CA countries, Afghanistan and Russia, 10-15 participants from Tajikistan, so totally 50-60 participants.


Expected Outcomes

It is expected to receive comprehensive support by the international experts and region countries for implementation of the long-term projects on reducing the Sarez Lake risk and developing its water resources for wellbeing of the population.

All the statements and recommendations of the Conference will be published as a book the UNESCO papers. The book will be illustrated with photos taken on Lake Sarez and other pictures, schemes and visual materials. Recommendations of the Conference can be forwarded on behalf of the Tajikistan Government and UNESCO to other countries and international organizations in order to further increase awareness of the international community and investors of the urgency of the problem, and necessity to implement specific projects on addressing the Sarez Lake issue.