2018 is a crucial year for boosting concrete activities in Central Asia, taking stock of the past experience to deliver a contribution to implementing the EU-Central Asia Strategy for the cooperation in the region of Central Asia.
ASTANA, 7 December 2017 - Representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan, international and regional organisations, IFIs, Delegation of the EU to Kazakhstan, diplomatic missions of the EU member states met to discuss the role of Water Convention and International Water Assessment Centre in developing transboundary water cooperation and cooperation of Central Asian countries, Russia and China on Transboundary Rivers.
25 January 2017, Astana - Dr. Anatole Pichugin, WECOOP2 Team Leader, and Ms Lucia Hricova, Attache at EU Delegation to Kazakhstan, took part in the round table organised by the Green Academy under the joint project “Support to Kazakhstan transition to the Green Economy model” funded by EU, UNDP, and UNECE. The round table was attended by senior figures from the Parliament of Kazakhstan, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and representatives of UNECE, GIZ, UNDP, national environmental NGOs and international consultants.
A meeting of the Working Group on National Water Policy Dialogue was held in Astana on 6 December to prepare the upcoming Inter-Ministerial Coordination Council. The Team Leader of the project, Anatoly Pichugin, outlined in his presentation the three main project components: policy advice, capacity building, and strengthening of cooperation, mapping and networking.
A meeting to discuss water policy developments in Kazakhstan was co-organised by the project in Almaty on 25 November. The meeting was part of the National Water Policy Dialogue, launched in cooperation with the EU Water Initiative to offer continuous advice and enable expert discussion on water governance. The project sought to support national dialogues in addition to regional cooperation on climate change and environment. For this particular dialogue, the project partnered with UNECE and OECD.