The Sixth Meeting of Inter-ministerial Coordination Council of the National Water Policy Dialogue in Kazakhstan was held on 20 November 2020 in Nur-Sultan.

The meeting was chaired by Mr. Yerlan Nysanbayev, vice-minister of ecology, geology, and natural resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and carried out within the framework of the regional project “European Union – Central Asia Water, Environment and Climate Change Cooperation (WECOOP)”.

The event was organized with the support from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Water Assessment Center (IWAC) and took place in the form of a videoconference and partially in IWAC office.

During the meeting, participants participants were informed of the activities of the EU-funded project “European Union – Central Asia Water, Environment and Climate Change Cooperation (WECOOP)”, of the current status of Kazakhstan’s accession to the UNECE-WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health, as well as measures to strengthen interagency cooperation in the field of ensuring the safety of tailings dumps and preventing accidental water pollution in Kazakhstan and Central Asia.

In addition, meeting discussion will evolved around issues of cooperation between Kazakhstan and its neighboring countries on the protection and use of water resources of transboundary rivers, activities provided in the Concept of the Water Resources Management Program of the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2020-2030, and proposals for the National Water Policy Dialogue workplan for 2021. 

National Water Policy dialogues have been implemented in Kazakhstan since 2012 with the support of the European Union, UNECE and OECD and is referred to as a platform for discussing water resource management issues in Kazakhstan and coordinating work of Kazakhstan’s governmental bodies, scientific institutions, private sector, non-governmental and international organizations in solving the issue of use and protection of water resources in Kazakhstan.