Kyrgyz Republic

Kyrgyz Republic

NPD launched: 2008

NPD Chair and strategic partners: Department of Water Management and Melioration (Ministry of Agriculture and Melioration), Ministry of Economy, State Agency for Construction and Regional Development

MOU with UNECE: 2008 (in Russian)

Current priority areas:

  • Strategic financial planning for WSS to achieve MDG targets.
  • Implementation of IWRM principles, including the use of economic instruments.
  • Support to basin planning and for establishment of basin councils with a pilot in the Chu basin.
  • Improving coherence between the water and other sectoral policies (agri-food, energy).
  • Setting and implementing targets in context of the UNECE-WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health.

Key achievements:

  • A national financing strategy for urban and rural WSS was developed, including an agreement on targets and policy recommendations to achieve the MDGs for WSS.
  • Recommendations for reform options for economic instruments for WRM were developed through the NPD.
  • Following the recommendations of the NPD, the government added clear WSS development targets to the latest National Strategy for Sustainable Development. This move cleared the way for increased and strategic budgetary allocations for WSS. In direct accordance with the recommendations made by the NPD, the government established a single body responsible for urban and rural WSS. Furthermore, the NPD inspired the first formal state programme for WSS development.
  • The River Basin Council for the transboundary Chu basin was set up by Ministerial Order. The first components of the river basin management plan have been drafted through the NPD. The National Water Council was established and it approved the country’s basin boundaries in February 2013.
  • Studies on application of modern water-saving irrigation technologies were conducted in 2014-2015 by national and international experts with set of practical recommendations.
  • Targets on water and health have been set and adopted in 2013, providing a reference for other countries in the region. In 2016, a project started to assist Kyrgyzstan in meeting these targets.

Plans for the future:

  • Work will continue to support the Chu River Basin Council and the stepwise preparation of the basin management plan.
  • Work on methodologies for setting charges for the use of surface water resources and water bodies and monetary evaluation of damage to surface water resources will continue with support from OECD.
  • Two projects aimed at greater levels of water security implemented through reforms of rural WSS and improving coherence between water and agri-food policies.
  • Plan for implementation of the national water and health targets will be prepared and some of the targets implemented in 2016-2017 with assistance from UNECE.

Meetings

The 14th NPD Steering Committee meeting (15 April 2016)

The 13th NPD Steering Committee meeting (30 November 2015)

The 12th Steering Committee meeting (17 March 2015)

The 11th Steering Committee meeting (20 March 2014)

The 10th Steering Committee meeting (18 October 2013)

The 9th Steering Committee meeting under the EU Water Initiative National Policy Dialogue in Kyrgyz Republic (13 March 2013)

The 1st meeting of the Chu River Basin Council (28 February 2013): minutes with the interim statute annexed

The 8th Steering Committee meeting and Stakeholder meeting (23-24 October 2012)

Meeting of the Working Group on Water and Health under the National Policy Dialogue on Integrated Water Resources Management (13 September 2012)

Working group on target setting in the context of the Protocol on Water and Health (27 June 2012)

Working group on target setting in the context of the Protocol on Water and Health (28 May 2012)

The 7th Steering Committee meeting under the EU Water Initiative National Policy Dialogue in Kyrgyz Republic  (18 April 2012)

The 6th Steering Committee meeting in Kyrgyz Republic  (28 - 30 November 2011)

The 5th Steering Committee meeting in Kyrgyzstan  (06 - 07 September 2011)

The 4th Steering Committee meeting in Kyrgyzstan  (18 May 2011)

Steering Committee meeting of the Project “Developing and Implementing IWRM Strategies in Kyrgyzstan” (01 March 2011)

The 3rd Steering Committee meeting in Kyrgyzstan  (08 October 2009)

The 2nd Steering Committee meeting in Kyrgyzstan  (17 June 2009)

Documents and Publications

Modern irrigation technologies and possibility of their application in Kyrgyzstan (March 2015) in English and Russian

Expert assessment of the state of Chu basin water reservoirs (March 2014) in Russian

National Policy Dialogue on Integrated Water Resources Management. Process and results for the period of 2008-2013 (June 2013) in English and Russian

Targets and target dates to achieve sustainable water management, safe drinking water supply and adequate sanitation according to the Protocol on Water and Health (June 2009)