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Eighth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention

10 - 12 October 2018

Astana, Kazakhstan

The GEF7 Replenishment – Enhancing cross sectoral cooperation

Date and time: Thursday 11 October, 1.30-2.45 pm
Location: Astana EXPO Congress Center, Room n°1. Syr Darya
English and Russian


Freshwater ecosystems face daunting threats, including climate change, urbanization and increasing food demand; yet they are also highly valued ecosystems. Water is a prerequisite for human and ecosystems survival, underpins many economic activities and is fundamental to achieving most of the SDGs.

Shared freshwater resources comprise a special case for cooperation with large potential spillover and global impacts. Transboundary river basins cover about 50% of the earth’s land surface and are home to about 40% of the world’s population. 1.2 billion people live in river basins where human water use has surpassed sustainable limits. Cooperation on water, therefore, is ‘a must’ in most international basins to support the need for water, food, energy, and ecosystems security and increase resilience for each nation.

The Global Environment Facility has since its inception, primarily through its International Waters Focal Area has been financing transboundary water cooperation across shared fresh and marine water systems. Focusing on transboundary freshwater, the GEF has together with its implementing and executing partners financed a total of 360 projects, with in 47 distinct rivers, 13 aquifers and 15 lakes. These investments totaled $1.9 billion in grant financing, leveraging $12.6 billion USD in co-financing.


: Brief Welcome by Moderator, Mish Hamid, GEF IW:LEARN
: The GEF-7 Replenishment
Speakers: Christian Severin and Steffen Hansen, Global Environment Facility
: Transboundary cooperation - the Chu Talas experience
Speaker: Mr. Yerlan Nysanbaev, Vice Minister of Agriculture, Co-Chair of Chu-Talas Water Commission, the Republic of Kazakhstan  
14:05: Trasnboundary cooperation – the Dniester experience
Speaker: Nadejda Chilaru, Head of Water Policy Dept in the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of Moldova