Kazakhstan's transition to green economy model: Introduction of innovative solutions in water management of Kazakhstan

Feb 24, 2016

ASTANA - Kazakhstan's Green Economy Concept policy, adopted in May 2013, aims to diversify the economy through careful use of natural resources.  Effective use of water identified as the key pillar of the national concept has driven the start of the joint project “Supporting Kazakhstan’s transition to a Green Economy model”. The project funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP and UNECE had been developed in close consultations with the Committee of Water Resources of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The project goal is to contribute to the long-term environmentally sustainable economic development of Kazakhstan, through integration of best “green” practices and technologies in water sector. Duration of the project is 2015 - 2018.

The project held a press conference that was opened by the Vice -Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Yerlan Nysanbayev, who highlighted that: “In the context of the "Green" economy, the water sector is providing a maximum contribution to the well-being of the population, through food security, quality of drinking water and health. "Green" economy opens up additional opportunities for development and employment in water sector. In the context of the "Green" economy management of water sector  ecosystem services, as well as social and economic factors are taken into consideration."

"Provision of water in sufficient quality and quantity is a matter of immediate concern to citizen, farmers and industry. Therefore, the EU in close cooperation with the Committee for Water Resources of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan came to agreement at the end of 2014, which led to this joint EU-UNDP-UNECE project supported by the EU in amount of 7,1 million euros. The essential part of total project funding is allocated to pilot actions at local level and I hope that, the EXPO 2017, which is in 15 months from now, will become a great momentum to develop best practices and test innovations," added Head of the European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan Ambassador  Mr.Traian Hristea,

Within three years, the project aims to support integration of Green Economy principles into practical use of water and implementation of international legislation. The project will also strengthen the capacity of local water resource management institutions, enhance cooperation on transboundary water management, and develop practical recommendations for economic mechanisms on water use.

“Countries are taking ownership in integrating SDGs into the national development concepts. Kazakhstan has already set up effective water resources management as a priority in national Green economy concept in 2013 Kazakhstan’s intentions were supported by the UN and EU by initiating joint project “Supporting Kazakhstan’s transition to a Green Economy model” focused in efficiency of water management through integration of green practices,” said Mr. Norimasa Shimomura, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative.

Water resources are essential assets, and effective management of water is the shared economic responsibility of farms and factories, businesses and individuals, communities and industries. Therefore, the project will introduce new effective ways of water infrastructure management, economic instruments of water supply and sanitation, sustainable agriculture practices. Through grant program 14 NGOs are supported to implement water saving projects in eight regions of Kazakhstan.

Overall object of the project is to improve water management by making it economically and environmentally sustainable through transition to a Green Economy. This complies with Kazakhstan’s 100 concrete steps developed by the government aiming to improve the economic growth, promotion of reforms, local governance development, enhance the role of local communities. Outlined priorities are also inline with the global Sustainable Development Goals. The project will help achieve a number of goals such as healthy lives and promotion of well being, ensure availability and sustainable water management and sanitation, energy efficiency, reduction of inequality and  sustainable economic growth.

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. National partner –Water Resources Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan


For additional information, please contact PR expert of Joint EU/UNDP/UNECE project “Supporting Kazakhstan’s Transition to a Green Economy model”, Dinara Saliyeva via telephone number +7 7172 696544 or via email: dinara.saliyeva@undp.org; and  Ms Karlygash Jamankulova, Press and Information Officer at the Delegation of European Union to the Republic of Kazakhstan by the telephone number +77172 971148, or via e-mail Karlygash.Jamankulova@eeas.europa.eu.


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