8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention

The 8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention was held in Astana, Kazakhstan on 10–12 October 2018. It was the first meeting in the Asian region. Thus, Kazakhstan will preside as chairmanship of the Water Convention for the period from 2019 to 2021. The meeting was divided into high level and general segments. Since the use of transboundary waters is very relevant and important for Kazakhstan, this event was attended by representatives of the Central Asian regional network CAR@WAN secretariat in Kazakhstan – The Center “Cooperation for Sustainable Development”.

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Presentation of United Nations World Water Development Report 2018 – 10th April 2018, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

One of the key goals of sustainable development is to protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of natural ecosystems. Growing population and the resulting demand for clean water are the reason why conflicts, droughts and floods, crop failures, economic decline and a number of other problems occur. According to the UN estimates, consumer demand for water resources will grow annually for 1%, thus aggravating social, economic and environmental problems. In addition to water scarcity, we are now facing a tendency of water quality decline due to its widespread contamination by chemical and biological pollutants. Increasing man-made impact leads to degraded water ecosystems, desertification, increased risk of natural disasters, and reduced forest and wetland areas. Sustainability of natural ecosystems serves as a basis of key processes in the water cycle: evaporation, formation of precipitation and surface flow, accumulation of ground water, and so forth. Up-to-date natural solutions being an effective tool of water resources management are aimed primarily at ecosystem preservation and restoration. Continue reading

CAR@WAN 5th Year Anniversary

The Regional Network CAR@WAN has been cooperating with its partners in the sphere of sustainable management of water resources in Central Asia for 5 years! Therefore, the Central Asian Regional Water Network (CAR@WAN), would like to congratulate and thank its partners and stakeholders with the Network’s 5th anniversary and contribution into the implementation of projects in the area of water resources in Central Asia!

To date, more than 15 projects in area of environmental education, adaptation to climate change, and capacity building in water resources management have been implemented in Central Asia with the members of the network. More than 7 training modules have been developed for targeted audiences and more than 10 activities have been held during this time. Today, there are more than 200 individuals members of CAR@WAN Network and more than 10 legal entities which have signed memorandums of cooperation. Continue reading

Regional Seminar on Advanced Training of the ‘Safety of the hydro-technical constructions for water specialists of Kazakhstan’ – 7 to 9 September 2017, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The Regional Seminar on Advanced Training of the “Safety of the hydro-technical constructions for water specialists of Kazakhstan” took place from 7 to 9 September 2017 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This seminar was conducted with the cooperation of IFAS, Kazakh National Agrarian University and other donors dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Interstate Commission for Water Coordination (ICWC) and the preparation for the 8th World Water Forum (March 2018, Brazil).

The main of the objective of seminar was to organise capacity building and promotion awareness raising among stakeholder of water conservation and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM); melioration and irrigated agriculture; agricultural water supply and watering of pastures, use of renewable energy sources; agri-ecology and environmental protection in water management facilities, the safety of the Hydropower Station and prevention of emergencies in the context of the climate change. Continue reading

International Scientific and Practical Conference on “Transboundary Cooperation in Central Asia – Safety, Stability, and Welfare of the Whole Region”- 7 to 8 September 2017, Kazakhstan.

The Executive Board of the International Fund of the Aral Sea (IFAS) in the Republic of Kazakstan in cooperation with the Kazak National Agrarian University (KazNAU) supported by the Central-Asian Regional Network of Capacity Building in the Area of Water Resources (CAR@WAN) and other partners, conducted the International Scientific and Practical Conference on “Transboundary Cooperation in Central Asia – Safety, Stability, and Welfare of the Whole Region”. The conference which took place on from 7 to 8 September 2017 was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Interstate Commission of Water Coordination and the process of preparing to the 8th World Water Forum (March 2018, Brazil).

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United Nations World Water Development Report 2017 “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource” – 14 April 2017, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

The seminar “Presentation of the United Nations World Water Development Report 2017 “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource”, was organized on April 14, 2017, by the Center “Cooperation for Sustainable Development” and Central Asian Regional Water Network CAR@WAN
with the support of UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty. This similar event which was held a week ago at Almaty, took place in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Continue reading

United Nations World Water Development Report 2017 – 7 April 2017, Almaty Kazakhstan

The seminar “Presentation of the United Nations World Water Development Report 2017 “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource”, was organized on April 7, 2017, by the Center “Cooperation for Sustainable Development” and Central Asian Regional Water Network CAR@WAN
with the support of UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty.

The event was attended by 70 representatives of all interested parties including governmental
and international organizations, educational and research institutions, as well as NGOs
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CAR@WAN organises launch event for World Water Development Report in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

A presentation of United Nations’ World Water Development Report 2017, released on the World Water Day, was arranged in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on 31st March by CAR@WAN. During the event the report, highlighting the potential of utilising wastewater as a resource, was presented followed by discussions among participants on different potential uses of wastewater and opportunities enabled by the new mind-set presented in the report. Experts in the field of water resources management in Kyrgyzstan and public authorities delivered presentations on the topics of wastewater, sanitation and health of the population in Kyrgyzstan.

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University course “Integrated Water Resources Management” presented in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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Round table presentation of the course “Integrated Water Resources Management” adapted for the universities of Kyrgyzstan was held on October 4, 2016, in Bishkek. The round table discussion was organized by the Central Asian Regional Water Network CAR@WAN with the support of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, in cooperation with Kyrgyz Department of Water Resources and Land Reclamation.

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Launch of new university course on “Climate risks management” in Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan

Training on the university course “Climate risks management” was held on 22-24 of August in Kyzylorda. The training was organized by the Central Asian Regional Water Network CAR@WAN with the support of UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty in collaboration with the Water Partnership of Kazakhstan and the Kazakh research institute of rice named after I. Zhakhaev.

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