ASTANA, 31 October 2018 –The final conference of the joint EU, UNDP, UNECE project “Supporting Kazakhstan`s transition to a green economy model”, implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and funded by the European Union (EU) took place today in Astana. .  

The project supported Kazakhstan’s transition to sustainable use of natural resources with a particular focus on water sector. 15 innovative initiatives, supported by the project in eight regions of Kazakhstan, demonstrated practical use of green technologies. The project  played a crucial role in the management of the transboundary water resources, promotion of WRM as well as introduction of the international water legislation.

Ambassador of the European Union to Kazakhstan H.E. Mr. Sven-Olov Carlsson underlined: « Kazakhstan is a very important and strategic partner. This project, funded by the EU, is a successful example of implementing green economy.  We plan to continue to support such initiatives and working in  the regions is a key element of our strategy. We intend to cooperate with the regions in a new way through different development banks».

«The pilot project demonstrated use of modern green technologies and approaches in the sphere of rational use of water resources and efficient water infrastructure management in the regions. The experience of the pilot projects can serve as a blueprint to achieve agro-industrial development targets of Kazakhstan» - said Sabit Nurlybay, Vice- Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

At the same time, a new pilot project in the framework of the «Construction of the high-technology greenhouse in the boreal region of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Astana city» initiative was launched. The initiative was successful in demonstrating the use of green technologies to optimize operational costs of the enterprises and to increase the profitability of the greenhouse business in severe climate conditions. Thus, reverse irrigation equipment saves 40 % of valuable resources while a protective screen provides significant heating cost savings.

«I am confident that the combination of technological solutions proved by the pilot project will find widespread acceptance in Kazakhstan. Due to severe climate conditions, large parts of the country’s population has  limited access to fresh vegetables, and transportation costs lead to higher prices of imported goods. New technologies are aimed to optimize production processes and improve people’s lives. I believe we managed to do it», – said Mr. Norimasa Shimomura, UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Thus, introduction of six advanced technologies will allow to provide the population of the capital city of Kazakhstan with quality vegetables all year round at affordable prices. Estimates show that energy and cyclic resource saving technologies will provide 15% price reduction of the final product.

Terms of implementation: 2015-2018

Budget: EUR 7.1 mln.

Partner: Committee of Water resources, Ministry of Agriculture of RoK.

For additional information please contact Project Manager Ms. Gulzhamal Issayeva +7 7272 696 544 (2601), e-mail:

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