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Renewal of EU Water Initiative activities in Kyrgyzstan

Renewal of EU Water Initiative activities in Kyrgyzstan – UNECE and OECD support water sector reform

The fourth Steering Committee meeting of the European Union (EU) Water Initiative National Policy Dialogue (NPD) on integrated water resource management (IWRM) in Kyrgyzstan took place on 18 May 2011 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The meeting was organized by the State Committee on Water Economy and Land Reclamation of the Kyrgyz Republic and the UNECE.

The National Water Policy Dialogue in Kyrgyz Republic started in 2008 but was interrupted by the political changes in 2010. Radical changes in the government and in the institutional structure for water management have taken place since and the renewal of NPD activities responded to the need to support continued water sector reform as well as the inter-agency dialogue and intersectoral cooperation.

The National Water Policy Dialogue meeting focused on institutional aspects of IWRM, water legislation, the use of economic instruments in a planned OECD project in the Issyk Kul basin as well as the application of the UNECE/WHO Euro Protocol on Water and Health. The meeting was also used for exchange of information and coordination of donor-funded activities.

The NPD Steering Committee meeting was organized with the financial support of the Government of Finland, the European Commission and UNECE. Representatives of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – a strategic partner in the EUWI, as well as the European Commission, Government of Finland, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNPD) and other international organizations and donors, attended the meeting.

Documents of the meeting are available at www.unece.org/index.php?id=26280

More information on the EU Water Initiative National Policy Dialogue on IWRM is available at the website www.unece.org/env/water/npd.html

Note to Editors:

The UNECE-supported NPDs on IWRM programme assists Governments of the countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia in promoting implementation of IWRM in line with the principles of the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, its Protocol on Water and Health, the EU Water Framework Directive and other UNECE and EU instruments.

 

NPDs on IWRM are the main operational instrument of the EUWI, an international partnership that aims at contributing to the achievement of the water-related Millennium Development Goals. UNECE is the strategic partner to support the policy dialogue process on IWRM. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is the strategic partner for water supply and sanitation.