Assisting local authorities and local communities in creation and proving water basin councils activity in Kazakhstan


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Water basin councils as a basis for community participation in water recourses management (Assisting local authorities and local communities in creation and proving water basin councils activity in Kazakhstan)


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Total: $11,750;

Sources of Financing: GEF SGP


2006 - 2007


Satisfactorily completed

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Poonsin Sreesangkom



Most of the water basins in Kazakhstan are transboundary ones, and there are great problems with their pollution, espeiclaly pollution by bordering states. Whilst the issues are considered at the governmental level, in Kazakhstan there is a tendency to hand over many questions connected with water resources management to the local level, to the water basin councils, in particular. Establishment of the water basin councils is considered as one of the key directions for realization of modern integrated approach to water resources management (IWRM). Owing to the UNDP IWRM Project Balkhash-Alakol water basin council has been set up, and further work on creation of similar bodies in other water basins is being conducted. At the same time practice has shown, that there are no necessary methodical materials available. The potential of the public organizations to solve problems of protection and rational use of the water basins is weak, as they are insufficiently informed about opportunities as to how they can participate in decision-making process on the issue.

The project is aimed at rendering necessary information, consulting and methodical assistance to create further activity from the water basin councils, and also to promote more active involvement of NGOs and local communities into the councils’ activity. There is a strong need for publication of methodical material which would be accessible for a wide range of the target groups and could serve as an additional push for the creation of the water basin councils in all the 8 hydrographic basins of the country.

The main project tasks are:

  1. Publication and distribution of the methodical brochure about principles and mechanisms of the water basin councils activity.
  2. Information and educational work with water-users and public organizations to involve them into water resources management within the framework of the water basin councils.

The expected results of the project are:

  • Publication of 800 copies of the methodical brochure about principles and mechanisms of the water basin councils activity in 2 languages;
  • Presentation of the brochure for the state bodies representatives, water-users, NGOS and international organizations;
  • Arrangement of a special training for representatives of 30-40 water-users organizations and NGOs on organizational-legal aspects of participation in the water basin councils creation and activity.

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Achievements: Results and Impact

Lessons for Replication



See also

  1. Water/Energy Dialogue
  2. Water-Energy Nexus in Central Asia
  3. Water Resources of Kazakhstan in the New Millennium
  4. Water Governance in Central Asia
  5. Water Conflict and Cooperation/Aral Sea Basin
  6. Ust Kamenogorsk-Environmental Remediation Project
  7. Ural-Caspian Basin Council Establishment (Public society assistance in introduction of integrated water management methods in Kazakhstan)
  8. UNDP 2003: Water-related legal and institutional structures in Central Asia
  9. Towards a Convention and Action Programme for the Protection of the Caspian Sea Environment, Phase II
  10. The Swiss Support to Hydro-meteorological Services in the Aral Sea basin Project
  11. The Process of Preparing a National IWRM and Water Efficiency Plan for Kazakhstan - Report
  12. Syr Darya Control and Northern Aral Sea Project - Phase II
  13. Syr Darya Control and Northern Aral Sea Project - Phase I
  14. Suitable Water Saving Strategies for Bozkol Village in the Aral Sea Basin of Kazakhstan
  15. Second Irrigation and Drainage Improvement Project
  16. SDC - Central Asia Mountain Programme, phase II, Central Asia 2003-2004
  17. SD Country Profile
  18. Rural Water Supply Project Kazakhstan
  19. Restoring Depleted Fisheries and Consolidation of a Permanent Regional Environmental Governance Framework in the Caspian Sea
  20. Renewable Energy Use for Potable Water Supply in Remote Villages of Depressed Region in Kazakhstan
  21. Regional Research Network Water in Central Asia (CAWa)
  22. Regional Environment Programme
  23. Promoting Replication of Good Practices for Nutrient Reduction and Joint Collaboration in Central and Eastern Europe
  24. Promoting IWRM and Fostering Transboundary Dialogue in Central Asia
  25. Promoting Cooperation to Adapt to Climate Change in the Chu-Talas Transboundary Basin
  26. Politics of Water in Post-Soviet Central Asia
  27. Nura River Clean-Up Project
  28. National IWRM and Water Efficiency Plan for Kazakhstan
  29. Lessons on Cooperation Building to Manage Water Conflicts in the Aral Sea Basin
  30. Kazakshtan First Draft National IWRM and WE Plan
  31. Kazakhstan-Interministerial Working Group Meeting Jan 2006
  32. Kazakhstan Water Sector Study TA (P090048)
  33. Kazakhstan National integrated water resources management and water efficiency plan (phase 2)
  34. Kazakhstan National IWRM and Water Efficiency Plan Concept Note
  35. Kazakhstan National HDR 2004
  36. Kazakhstan National HDR 2003
  37. Kazakhstan MDG Report 2002
  38. Kazakhstan Country Profile for Johannesburg Summit 2002
  39. Kazakhstan - Water Supply and Sanitation Data for 1990 and 2004
  40. Integrated Conservation of Priority Globally Significant Migratory Bird Wetland Habitat: A Demonstration on Three Sites
  41. Improved Management of Water Resources in Central Asia II
  42. Harmonization and Approximation of Water Standards and Norms in Central Asia
  43. Enhancing regional exchange of water resource information (CAREWIB phase II)
  44. Education for All: The Key Goal for a New Millennium 2004
  45. East-Caspian Assessment of Environment and Security Linkages and Impact
  46. Development of Ili-Balkhash Basin Integrated Management Plan
  47. Dam safety in Central Asia: capacity building and sub-regional cooperation
  48. Cross Border Impacts of Vahksh River Basin Development
  49. Central Asia – Regional and National Water Sector Review
  50. Central Asia Regional Environmental Action Plan for Water Pollution
  51. Caspian Environment Programme
  52. Capacity Building of Water Users for Sustainable Development in the Aral Sea Basin
  53. CEP/Grants Projects
  54. CEP-MSGP-Kazakhstan
  56. A comprehensive study on glacial melting in Central Asia

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