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Project "Regional dialogue and cooperation on water resources management in Central Asia"

Activities in the framework of the Working Group on Institutional and Legal Strengthening and the Development of Aral Sea Basin Programme - 3

First meeting of the Working Group, 10-11 December 2009, Almaty, Kazakhstan

The first meeting of the Working Group on Institutional and Legal Strengthening and the Development of Aral Sea Basin Programme - 3 took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, 10-11 December 2009. The meeting was convened by the Executive Committee of the International Fund for saving the Aral Sea (IFAS) and facilitated by the UNECE under the programme on Regional Dialogue and Cooperation on Water Resources Management in Central Asia, financed by the Government of Germany through GTZ in the framework of the Berlin Water Process.
 
The Working Group discussed existing institutional and legal frameworks for transboundary water cooperation and preliminary proposals to improve the efficiency of regional cooperation. Over 60 experts from Central Asian countries and institutions contributed to the analyses prior to the Working Group meeting. Delegations agreed on modalities for the elaboration of ASBP-3, including regular coordination with the donor community and international organisations.

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UNECE Opening Statement on Institutional and Legal Reform

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UNECE Closing Statement on Institutional and Legal Reform

 

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UNECE Opening Statement on ASBP-3

 

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International legal framework for regional cooperation on the use and management of transboundary water resources by Sergei Vinogradov

 

Institutional framework for cooperation in the Aral Sea basin by Yuri Steklov

 

Report

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List of participants

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UNECE-GTZ Programme helps Central Asian countries to strengthen regional institutions for transboundary water management Geneva, 10 December 2009

Institutional and Legal Strengthening of Regional Water Resources Management in Central Asia, UNECE Weekly #353, 4-8 January 2010

National consultations, February-March 2010

Extensive national consultations have taken place in all Central Asian States in February – March 2010 to discuss the opportunities for strengthening the institutional and legal frameworks for water cooperation in Central Asia as well as to discuss the approaches and modalities for developing the Aral Sea Basin Programme -3.

National consultations with participation of the leadership of the Executive Committee of IFAS and representatives of UNECE and GTZ were organized by the representatives of Member States in the Executive Committee of IFAS and attended by high-level governmental officials from the ministries and agencies responsible for foreign affairs, economy, energy, water, environment, agriculture, transport, emergencies, as well as regional organizations and other stakeholders.

Two background documents were disseminated ahead of the national consultations to facilitate substantive discussion: the Framework Document on the Development of the Third Aral Sea Basin Programme, developed by representatives of Member States in the Executive Committee of IFAS, and the Discussion Paper “Strengthening the Institutional and Legal Frameworks of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea: Review and Proposals”, developed by international consultants. These documents were largely commented by governments and representatives of regional organizations during national consultations. Comments and positions of the governments will serve as a starting point for discussions at the second meeting of the Working Group on Institutional and Legal Strengthening and the Development of Aral Sea Basin Programme - 3, scheduled to take place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, 20-21 April 2010.

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Framework Document on the Development of the Third Aral Sea Basin Programme

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Discussion Paper "Strengthening the Institutional and Legal Frameworks of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea: Review and Proposals"

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Second meeting of the Working Group, 20-22 April 2010, Almaty, Kazakhstan

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UNECE supports joint work of Central Asian countries on regional water resources management UNECE Weekly No 370, 3-7 May 2010

For more information please contact:

Ms. Iulia TROMBITCAIA
Environment, Housing and Land Management Division
UN Economic Commission for Europe
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Telephone: +41 22 917 33 32
Telefax: +41 22 917 06 21
e-mail: iulia.trombitcaia(at)unece.org


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