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Enhanced regional cooperation on Environment, Climate Change and Water

The European Union supports water sector reforms in Kazakhstan


The European Union supports water sector reforms in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Today, more than 40 representatives of governmental entities responsible for water issues, scientific institutions, NGOs and international organisations took part in the meeting linked to the so-called National Policy Dialogue on Water (NPD) on 14 June 2019.

A number of issues were raised requiring the interaction and coordination of all stakeholders. Specifically, the participants discussed Kazakhstan’s cooperation on transboundary groundwaters, ensuring the safety of hydraulic structures in Kazakhstan, prevention of accidental water pollution, and water as a factor of economic growth and security in Central Asia.

The meeting was chaired by the Ministry of Agriculture and organised with the support of the European Union (EU) through the project ”EU-Central Asia Enhanced Regional Cooperation on Environment, Climate Change and Water” (WECOOP) and the Water Initiatives Center (WIC).

The EU reiterated its continued support to water sector reforms in Kazakhstan and in the Central Asian region. The participants discussed the next phase of the WECOOP project which is expected to start in the second half of 2019. WECOOP will support priority policy packages in the water sector to be identified in consultation with the Kazakh authorities.

Support to reducing pressure on water and energy resources has been identified as one of the key issues under the partnering for resilience priority of the new EU-Central Asia Strategy as adopted in the Joint Communication by the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on 15 May 2019.

Background:Since 2013, the EU has been providing support to driving the evolution of the water policies in Kazakhstan by fostering intersectoral cooperation through the National Policy Dialogue platform under the overall umbrella of the European Union Water Initiative, with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as strategic partners. The EU has been providing support to the NPD process and various activities on the ground through a combination of national and regional actions. At the national level, the EU Green Economy project in Kazakhstan, implemented by UNDP and UNECE promoted among other issues transboundary cooperation with the Russian Federation, implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health and dam safety.

For additional information, please contact Ms Nurgul Issalinova, WIC, tel: +7 7172 790 430, email:

Photo by Maxim Vostrikov

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