Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

NPD launched: 2013

NPD Chair and strategic partners: Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources Committee, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Economy

MOU with UNECE: expected in 2016

Current priority areas:

  • Accession to the UNECE-WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health and setting of national water and health targets.
  • Sustainable business models for WSS in rural areas and small towns.
  • Increasing contribution of multi-purpose water infrastructure (MPWI) to economic development, water, food and energy security.
  • State support to agriculture, rural development and water-intensive industries impacting the water sector.
  • Strengthening bilateral cooperation with neighbouring countries on the use of transboundary watercourses.

Key achievements:

  • Following the request by the Government of Kazakhstan, and preparatory work in 2012, the NPD on IWRM was launched in June 2013.
  • Both OECD and UNECE provided comments on Kazakhstan’s draft State Programme for Water Management to 2040. The programme was adopted in April 2014. It provides a set of targets and priority activities, some of which will be supported through the NPD process.
  • OECD-Kazakhstan co-operation programme signed in 2015, including two water projects that inform the NPD.
  • In October 2015, Kazakh-Russian bilateral committee on transboundary waters decided to launch joint assessment on Ural river and Kigac tributary of Volga river. UNECE provides support the work of bilateral group of experts.

Plans for the future:

  • Water is a key pillar of the Kazakh Green Economy Concept and this will drive future work. OECD will advise on options for reform of state support to agriculture, rural development and water-intensive industries impacting the water sector; and on options for increasing contribution of MPWI to economic development, water, food and energy security.
  • Joint Kazakh-Russian assessment and strategy for rational use of on the water resources in transboundary Ural river and Kigac tributary of Volga river will be prepared by 2017.
  • UNECE will organize series of trainings for national and local stakeholders in 2015-2018 on transboundary water cooperation and basin management, as well as teacher trainings for many universities on IWRM.
  • Target setting process in the context of the Protocol on Water and Health is to be completed by the end of 2016 in framework of the NPD process.

Meetings

 

The 4th NPD Steering Committee meeting (30-31 May 2016)

The 3rd NPD working group meeting (3 December 2015)

The 3rd NPD Steering Committee meeting (15 May 2015)

The 2nd NPD working group meeting (14 October 2014)

The 2nd NPD Steering Committee meeting (24 April 2014)

National Workshop on the UNECE-WHO/EUROPE Protocol on Water and Health for Kazakhstan (23-24 April 2014)

The 1st NPD working group meeting (6 December 2013)

The 1st NPD Steering Committee meeting (21 June 2013)

Intergovernmental preparatory meeting for the National Water Policy Dialogue in the Republic of Kazakhstan in the framework of EU Water Initiative (14 September 2012)

Documents and Publications