Dr. Maksud Bekchanov

Country of current residence

Sri Lanka

Current position

Postdoc Fellow for Hydro-Economics

Current institute employer

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)






Bekchanov M.  2020.  Economic instruments along waste-to-asset value chain for scaling up resources recovery and reuse (RRR) technologies. Presentation at Dresden Nexus Conference - Circular Economiy in a Sustainable Society, Dresden, Germany, 3-5 June 2020. 


Bekchanov M, JPA Lamers, A Bhaduri.  2020.  Cost-effective water conservation interventions for drought hotspots in Central Asia.  . Springer.  
Bhaduri A, M Motlagh, M Bekchanov.  2020.  Role of Economic Instruments in Water Sharing.  . Springer.  
de Alwis A, Bekchanov M.  2020.  Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development Futures in Sri Lanka.  . CRC Press.  
Tischbein B, N Kumar, UK Awan, F Akhtar, M Bekchanov, J Lamers.  2020.  Irrigated crop production.  . Springer.  


Bekchanov M.  2019.  An integrated water-energy-economic model for simultaneous assessment of climate change adaptation and mitigation options in river basins. Presentation at Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium (IAMC) Annual Meeting, Tsukuba, Japan, 2-4 December 2019.  Download [PDF | 811.72KB]
Bekchanov M, MAH Mondal, A de Alwis, A Mirzabaev.  2019.  Why adoption is slow despite promising potential of biogas technology for improving energy security and mitigating climate change in Sri Lanka.  Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 105   : 378-390   . Further Information
Bekchanov M..  2019.  Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus analysis in Central Asia using a hydro-economic model with extended energy supply-demand accounts. Presentation at Water Security and Climate Change (WSCC) Conference, UASLP, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, 28-30 October 2019.  Download [PDF]
Bekchanov M..  2019.  Reaping economic and environmental benefits of scaling up nutrient recovery technologies for sustainable soil ecosystem services in Sri Lanka. Presentation at BioSC Symposium, 18-19 November 2019, Cologne, Germany.  Download [PDF]
Boboev H., Djanibekov U., Bekchanov M., Lamers J., Toderich K..  2019.  Feasibility of Conservation Agriculture in the Amu Darya River Lowlands, Central Asia.  International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 17(1)   : 60-77   . Further Information
Schrader F., A. Kamolidinov, M. Bekchanov, M. Laldjebaev, S. Tsani.  2019.  Chapter 5: Hydropower.  In: Xenarios S., D. Schmidt-Vogt, M. Qadir, B. Janusz-Pawletta, I. Abdullaev (eds.): The Aral Sea Basin: Water for Sustainable Development in Central Asia. Routledge.   52-66.  Further Information


Bekchanov M , A Mirzabaev.  2018.  Circular economy of composting in Sri Lanka: Opportunities and challenges for reducing waste related pollution and improving soil health.  Journal of Cleaner Production, 202   : 1107-1119   . Further Information
Bekchanov M, P Evia.  2018.  Resources Recovery and Reuse in Sanitation and Wastewater Systems: Options and Investment Climate in South and Southeast Asian Countries.  ZEF Working Paper No 168. Review
Bekchanov M., Djanibekov N., J. Lamers.  2018.  Water in Central Asia: a cross-cutting management issue.  In: Squires V., L. Qi (eds.): Sustainable Land Management in Greater Central Asia: An Integrated and Regional Perspective. Routledge.   211-236.  Further Information
Bekchanov M., P. Evia, M. M. Hasan, N. Adhikari, D. Gondhalekar.  2018.  Institutional framework and financial arrangements for supporting the adoption of Resource Recovery Reuse technologies in South Asia. ZEF Working Paper No 176.  Further Information


Bekchanov M.  2017.  Potentials of Waste and Wastewater Resources Recovery and Re-use (RRR) Options for Improving Water, Energy and Nutrition Security. Working Paper No 157.  Center for Development Research (ZEF). Bonn, Germany.
Bekchanov M.  2017.  Enabling Environment for Waste and Wastewater Recycling and Reuse Options in South Asia: the case of Sri Lanka.  ZEF. Bonn. (Open Acess)
Bekchanov M., A. Sood, A. Pinto, M. Jeuland.  2017.  Systematic Review of Water-Economy Modeling Applications.  Water Resources Planning and Management, 143(8)   : 04017037-(1-18)   . Further Information
Bhaduri A., M. Bekchanov.  2017.  Exploring benefits and scope of cooperation in transboundary water sharing in Amu Darya River Basin.  In: Dinar A., Y. Tsur (eds.): Management of Transboundary Water Resources Under Scarcity: A Multidisciplinary Approach. World Scientific Publishing/ Imperial College.   35-63.  Further Information


Bekchanov M. and J.P.A. Lamers.  2016.  Economic costs of reduced irrigation water availability in Uzbekistan (Central Asia).  Regional Environmental Change, 16 (8)   : 2369-2387   . Further Information
Bekchanov M., J.P.A. Lamers, A. Bhaduri, M. Lenzen, B. Tischbein.  2016.  Input-output model-based water footprint indicators to support IWRM in the irrigated drylands of Uzbekistan, Central Asia.  In: Borchardt D., J.J. Bogardi. R.B. Ibisch (eds.): Integrated Water Resources Management: Concept, Research and Implementation. Springer.   147-168. 
Bekchanov, M., C. Ringler, A. Bhaduri and M. Jeuland.  2016.  Optimizing Irrigation Efficiency Improvements in the Aral Sea Basin.  Water Resources and Economics, 13   : 30-45   . Further Information
Bekchanov, M., J. Lamers.  2016.  The Effect of Energy Constraints on Water Allocation Decisions: The Elaboration and Application of a System-Wide Economic-Water-Energy Model (SEWEM).  Water, 8(6)   : 253   . (Open Access)   Further Information


Bekchanov M., C. Ringler, A. Bhaduri.  2015.  A water rights trading approach to increasing inflows to the Aral Sea.  Land Degradation & Development, DOI: 10.1002/ldr.2394   . Further Information
Bekchanov M., C. Ringler, M. Mueller.  2015.  Ecosystem Services in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus.  Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems, 2(1)   : 103–105   . (Open Access)  
Bekchanov, M., C. Ringler, A. Bhaduri and M. Jeuland.  2015.  How would the Rogun Dam affect water and energy scarcity in Central Asia?.  Water International, 40 (5-6)   : 856-876   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Bekchanov,M., A.Bhaduri and, C. Ringler.  2015.  Potential gains from water rights trading in the Aral Sea Basin.  Agricultural Water Management, 152   : 41-56   . Further Information


Bekchanov M., A. Bhaduri, M. Lenzen, and J.P.A. Lamers.  2014.  Integrating Input-Output Modeling with Multi-criteria Analysis to Assess Options for Sustainable Economic Transformation: The Case of Uzbekistan..  In: Bhaduri, A., J. Bogardi, J. Leentvaar, and S. Marx (eds.): The Global Water System in the Anthropocene. Springer Verlag.   229-245. 
Bekchanov M., J.P.A. Lamers , K. Nurmetov.  2014.  Economic incentives for adopting irrigation innovations in arid environments.  In: J.P.A. Lamers, A. Khamzina, I. Rudenko, P.L.G. Vlek (eds.): Restructuring land allocation, water use and agricultural value chains: technologies, policies and practices for the lower Amudarya region. Bonn University Press.   299-317. 
Bekchanov M., J.P.A. Lamers , K. Nurmetov.  2014.  Coping with water scarcity in the irrigated lowlands of the lower Amudarya basin, Central Asia.  In: J.P.A. Lamers, A. Khamzina, I. Rudenko, P.L.G. Vlek (eds.): Restructuring land allocation, water use and agricultural value chains: technologies, policies and practices for the lower Amudarya region. Bonn University Press.   199-216. 
Bekchanov, M.  2014.  Efficient water allocation and water conservation policy modeling in the Aral Sea basin.  Doctoral thesis at  Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bonn.  Further Information


Bekchanov M., A. Bhaduri, and C. Ringler.  2013.  How market-based water allocation can improve water use efficiency in the Aral Sea basin? ZEF- Discussion Papers on Development Policy No. 177.  Center for Development Research. Bonn.
Bobojonov I., J.P.A. Lamers, M. Bekchanov, N. Djanibekov, J. Franz-Vasdeki, J. Ruzimov, C. Martius.  2013.  Options and constraints for crop diversification: a case study in sustainable agriculture in Uzbekistan.  Agroecology and sustainable food systems, 37(7)   : 788-811   .
Lenzen M., Moran D, Bhaduri A, Kanemoto K., Bekchanov M., Geschke A., and Foran B..  2013.  International Trade of Scarce Water.  Ecological Economics, 74   : 78-85   .
Rudenko I., M. Bekchanov, U. Djanibekov, J.P.A. Lamers.  2013.  The added value of a water footprint approach: Micro-and macroeconomic analysis of cotton production, processing and export in water bound Uzbekistan.  Global and planetary change, 110   : 143-151   .


Bekchanov M, Lamers JPA, Karimov A, Müller M.  2012.  Estimation of spatial and temporal variability of crop water productivity with incomplete data.  In: Martius C, Rudenko I, Lamers JPA, Vlek PLG (eds.): Cotton, water, salts and soums - economic and ecological restructuring in Khorezm, Uzbekistan. Springer: Dordrecht/Heidelberg/London/New York.   329-344. 
Bekchanov M, Müller M, Lamers JPA.  2012.  A computable general equilibrium analysis of agricultural development reforms: national and regional perspective.  In: Martius C, Rudenko I, Lamers JPA, Vlek PLG (eds.): Cotton, water, salts and soums - economic and ecological restructuring in Khorezm, Uzbekistan. Springer: Dordrecht/Heidelberg/London/New York.   347-370. 
Ibragimov N, Djumaniyazova Y, Ruzimov J, Eshchanov R, Scheer C, Kienzler K, Lamers JPA, Bekchanov M.  2012.  Optimal irrigation and N-fertilizer management for sustainable winter wheat production in Khorezm, Uzbekistan.  In: Martius C, Rudenko I, Lamers JPA, Vlek PLG (eds.): Cotton, water, salts and soums - economic and ecological restructuring in Khorezm, Uzbekistan. Springer: Dordrecht/Heidelberg/London/New York.   171-180. 
Lenzen M., A. Bhaduri, D. Moran, K. Kanemoto, M. Bekchanov, A. Geschke and B. Foran.  2012.  The role of scarcity in global virtual water flows. ZEF - Discussion Papers on Development Policy No. 169.  Center for Development Research. Bonn. Further Information


Yuldashev, I., M. Bekchanov, M. Maciejczak.  2011.  Problems of livestock production at the lower reaches of the Amu Darya River in Uzbekistan.  Annals of The Polish Association of Agricultural and Agribusiness Economists, Vol. 8, No. 6   : 260-265   .


Bekchanov, M., A. Karimov and J. P. A. Lamers.  2010.  Impact of Water Availability on Land and Water Productivity: A Temporal and Spatial Analysis of the Case Study Region Khorezm, Uzbekistan.  Water, 2(3)   : 668-684   . Further Information
Bekchanov, M.; J. Lamers; C. Martius.  2010.  Pros and Cons of Adopting Water-Wise Approaches in the Lower Reaches of the Amu Darya: A Socio-Economic View.  Water, 2(2)   : 200-216   . Further Information


Bekchanov, M.  2009.  Predicting small business development using econometric models.  Uzbek Journal of Economy and Education, 4   : 101-104   .
Bekchanov, M. and J. Djanibekov.  2009.  Statistical Modeling Lower Amudarya Water Flow Volatility and its Impact on Water Availability in Irrigated Agriculture (in Uzbek).  In: Soliev et al (eds.): Information Bulletin of Uzbekistan Geographic Society, Volume 34. Geographic Society, Tashkent.   157-160. 

Additionals, Curriculum Vitae
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Research themes
  • Water Resources
  • Land use and food security
  • Renewable energy
  • Environmental and climate change
  • Health and sanitation
  • Institutions
  • Economic change and vulnerability
  • Ecosystem services
  • Sustainable use of natural resources
  • Environmental Impact Analysis
  • Land, water, food and energy
Research countries
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Ethiopia
  • India
  • Laos
  • Sri Lanka
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • South Africa
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Tajikistan
  • Nepal
  • Kazakhstan
  • Burma/ Myanmar
Research projects

Research Project at ZEF and IWMI: Research and Capacity Building for Inter-sectorial Private Sector Involvement for Soil Rehabilitation (CB4SoilReha; 2016-2019)

Postdoctoral Research Project at IWMI: Basin Scale Hydro-Economic Modeling (2014-2016)

Research Project at  ZEF, UC-Davis and IFPRI: Alternative Scenarios to Reduce Habitat Loss Driven by Global Commodity Markets in Brazil and Argentina (2013-2014)

PhD Research Project at ZEF: Efficient Water Allocation and Water Conservation Policy Modeling in the Aral Sea Basin (2009-2014)

Research at ZEF/UNESCO Landscape Restructuring Project (2005-2009): Modeling water saving technology adoptions and economy-wide effects of agricultural transformations

Maksud Bekchanov

Former Senior Researcher

Former Department :
ZEF B: Department of Economic and Technological Change