Transboundary water management discussed at workshop in Astana

Dec 22, 2015

In the joint project of the European Union, United Nations Development Programme and the Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations “Supporting Kazakhstan's transition to a Green Economy model" together with the Scientific Research and Education Center "Green Academy” a two days seminar "Improving transboundary water resources management in the Republic of Kazakhstan” was held on 7-8 December 2015. 

Worldwide consumption of water resources is increasingly bringing water resource management into the world agenda. Since almost 60% of all fresh water in the world is transboundary it is critical to develop cooperation and joint  management of shared water resources to avoid conflicts among countries.

Most rivers in Kazakhstan start in neighboring countries making it crucial to develop the most effective transboundary water management policy using UNECE Convention on transboundary waters and expertise of local and international practices. The seminar was attended by heads of departments and territorial inspections of Basin Water Resources Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture, officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for Innovation and Development, Ministry of National Economy, Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, international and national experts to discuss current issues on water management and ways to improve them. 

“This is a very sensitive issue at the moment. We did not find common grounds with neighboring countries with regards to transboundary water management yet. During this workshop, we hope to develop practical recommendations for resolving the issue. Recommendations developed in the framework of the project will be used as a basis for the future policy developments on transboundary water resources,” said Ms. Prmanova Naziya, Deputy Director of Scientific Research and Education Centre “Green Academy” in her opening statement. 

«This event was an important starting point to understand how within the Project we can facilitate transboundary water dialogue and enhance the role of water management bodies in Kazakhstan,» said Bo Libert, Regional Adviser on Environment, Environment Division, UNECE

«The seminar brought up a range of very important issues such as dam safety, information exchange in transboundary context, and the need to further develop joint bodies for cooperation. The exchange of opinions initiated at the seminar should pave the way to a continuous dialogue on these issues. We hope that there will be more opportunities under the project to come back to these problems and have a more deep discussion on each of them separately,»  said Zhumabek Moukhatov, Head of Shu Talas basin inspection on regulation of use and protection of water resources, Committee on Water Resources, Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan.


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The joint EU/UNDP/UNECE project “Supporting Kazakhstan’s transition to a Green Economy Model” is funded by EU – 7 100 000 Euros, implementing partners are UNDP and UNECE. Overall objective of the project to contribute to the long-term environmentally sustainable and inclusive economic development of Kazakhstan through introduction of modern environmental governance system, state-of-the-art water management policies and practices, enhanced environmental impact assessment procedures and economic incentives for sustainable use of water resources. The duration of the project is 2015 – 2018. National partner –Water Resources Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan


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