On November 25, 2021, in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, a Meeting of the Working Group on Preparation to the Seventh Meeting of the Interministerial Coordination Council to the National Dialogue on Water Policy (NPD) was held. The meeting was organized with the participation of representatives of state bodies of Kazakhstan, expert community and international organizations.
The working group discussed current water economy problems in Kazakhstan, in particular, the safe operation of hydraulic structures, a regional agreement on the safety of dams in Central Asia, Kazakhstan's participation in global water activities, as well as problems of water accounting and water conservation in irrigated areas.
Based on the results of the discussion of these issues, the Working Group developed proposals and measures to solve the discussed problems, which will be included in the future NPD Work Plan for 2022-2023. The work plan is planned for adoption at the next meeting of the Interministerial Coordination Council of the NPD early next year.
National Dialogues on Water Policy have been held in Kazakhstan since 2012 with the support of the European Union, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The dialogue serves as a platform for discussion and search for solutions to pressing problems in the field of water resources management in Kazakhstan.
The meeting was organized by the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan with financial support from the EU and with technical assistance from UNECE and the International Water Assessment Center (IWAC).