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Progress reports

Participating delegations were invited to report on their progress in implementing the Astana Water Action at the nineteenth session of the Committee on Environmental Policy in October 2013. Progress was reported by each country via a template survey prepared by the secretariat in consultation with the Bureau of CEP and of the UNECE Water Convention.

Fourteen countries and four organizations responded to the survey in advance of the 19th session of the CEP in October 2013. Of 62 actions described and discussed in the reports, 47 were in progress and 15 had been completed at the time of the survey. The individual responses and progress in implementing their respective actions under AWA are accessible by clicking on the name of the country or organization in the list presented on the AWA home page. A synthesis report summarizing the responses and trends observed from these reports can be found here: ENG  FRE  RUS

A final reporting cycle on the implementation and progress of AWA will take place in 2015 and will be reported on during a future session of the Committee on Environmental Policy. Please check back on this website in the future for more information on these reports.

Lessons learned

Participants cited difficulties regarding the availability of reliable and coherent data and challenges with sharing data across borders. Several countries also noted inadequate human resources. Despite these obstacles, many of those who submitted progress reports in 2013 stated that they found the Astana Water Action to be a useful tool in fostering a focused exchange of experiences between countries regarding national water management, as well as on transboundary and basin-to-basin cooperation.

The ability of AWA to highlight the importance of water resources and improve their status at a high political level was also widely appreciated. However, several suggestions for improvement were made, including increasing the awareness and interaction of decision makers and the public as a means of increasing the political priority of water management projects in the future.

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