Ural-Caspian Basin Council Establishment (Public society assistance in introduction of integrated water management methods in Kazakhstan)

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Ural-Caspian Basin Council Establishment (Public society assistance in introduction of integrated water management methods in Kazakhstan)


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Total: $30,000;

Sources of Financing: GEF SGP


2006 - 2008


Satisfactorily completed

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The Ural-Caspian Basin within the Republic of Kazakhstan covers the territory of 415 thousand sq. km and is considered as extremely water-deficient. Besides, public and water-users are not included in a process of discussion and decision-making of problems connected with water resources. UCBC (Ural-Caspian Basin Council) could become a dialogue platform, where Agreements, Reports, Memorandums and other documents determining region and national water policy will be discussed at the international level with attraction of all interested parties, including water-users and the public. The basic problems for basin water economic administration today are:

  1. lack of necessary methodical materials, information about creation and activity of similar bodies in other countries;
  2. weak public potential in decision of problems of protection and rational use of water objects due to insufficiently familiarity with opportunities of participation in decision-making process and poor involvement in corresponding procedures, etc.

For successful realization of new approaches to water resources management not only initiative from wetland administration, akimats, other local state bodies, representatives of water-users and NGOs is needed, but also clear understanding of how to start establishment and operation of water basin councils and how to make them viable, claimed and sustainable.

The project is aimed at creation of a dialogue platform for realization the right of the public to participate directly in development and acceptance of administrative decisions conected with use and protection of water resources through Ural-Caspian Water Basin Councils.

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

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