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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 11:36

The issues of transboundary water cooperation were discussed in Astana

On 24-25 October 2016 a seminar “Policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the field of transboundary water management” as well as a round table "Improving institutional mechanisms and legal framework of cooperation in the field of transboundary water resources management of the Republic of Kazakhstan" were held in Astana, organized by "Green Academy" Scientific Research and Education Center in cooperation with Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan with support of UNECE within the joint project of EU/UNDP/UNECE "Supporting Kazakhstan's transition to a Green Economy Model".

During the events there were discussed the review of the policy and recommendations for Kazakhstan in the field of transboundary water management, prepared by the UNECE experts together with the relevant state bodies.

The Vice-Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan E. Nysanbaev during its welcome speech noted that "upon the implementation of international water cooperation in Kazakhstan these is a necessity to take into account the factors of climate change as well as the fact that the most part of the water drain is formed outside Kazakhstan”.

In this regard, the policy review prepared under the joint project of EU / UNDP / UNECE "Supporting Kazakhstan's transition to a Green Economy Model" has an important value for improvement of institutional arrangements and the regulatory framework in the field of transboundary water management.

The preparation of the policy review was initiated in January 2016 as a result of consultation with a wide range of government agencies involved in the adoption of water management solutions. The project was developed based on an analysis of the existing international legal framework and the cooperation practices of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the field of transboundary water resources management, as well as existing in the country system of transboundary water resources management.

According to the UNECE Regional Adviser on Environment Bo Libert, "this review is unique, because, apart from the analysis of the regulatory framework and system of transboundary water resources management, there is provided a detailed analysis of experts’ assessments and results of international projects aimed at improving this system. This allows to take into account all the previously made recommendations, to conduct their systematic analysis and build recommendations based on all the earlier reforms in this area“.

During the discussion, participants made their comments and suggestions to the draft document.

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