Preserving biological diversityKazakhstan is ramping up efforts to conserve its biological diversity by creating protected zones for the flora and fauna found across its vast landmass. As the human race encroaches ever more on nature, the need for controlled, safe areas for wildlife becomes increasingly important. Working together with the Government of Kazakhstan, UNDP has been instrumental in helping establish a key reserve in the centre of the country to protect the critically-endangered saiga antelope.
Bridging the gender gapThe joint UNDP project introduced the drip irrigation system in the farmlands of more than 1,400 residents of Akmola region. More than 2,000 school children and students of the district's orphanages receive fortified food from products cultivated with usage of new technology.
Hand in handTatiana Kravchenko has been in charge of the public charity fund and the rehabilitation center called "Ray of Hope" for more than 15 years in the city of Karaganda. She has found her calling in helping the kids with special demands and the people with disabilities to develop, as well as in changing the attitude of others towards them.
Kazakhstan: When every drop makes a profitThe joint UNDP project introduced the drip irrigation system in the farmlands of more than 1,400 residents of Akmola region. More than 2,000 school children and students of the district's orphanages receive fortified food from products cultivated with usage of new technology.
Unlocking energy-efficiency in KazakhstanA joint UNDP-GEF programme has installed new heating equipment in several schools and 13 old apartment buildings in Kazakhstan to regulate heat in an energy-efficient way.
Developing Responsive Public AdministrationWhile a number of complex public-administration reforms have been implemented, regional and local governments still have difficulty delivering on their commitments. With the support of a presidential decree, in 2011 the President’s Administration, together with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, developed a national system for public-administration assessment. It covers national and regional – or oblast -- executive bodies, capital cities, and cities of republican status.
"Kenes" the Island of HopeHow much do we know or want to know about our fellow citizens with disabilities? At the moment, over 600,000 people suffering from Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other diseases live side by side with us. If one adds their family members, the number of people exposed to disabilities, directly or indirectly, on a daily basis, grows dramatically. These people often have no chance to attend schools, get a job, have a family or realize their creative potential, since most of them are stigmatized as unteachable since childhood.
Lyazzat KaltayevaAhead of the International Day of Disabled Persons (3 December) Lyazzat Kaltayeva, a leader of the NGO supporting the rights of people with disabilities, was awarded at the Asia Pacific Award of fighters for the rights of people with disabilities.