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Executive Committee of IFAS incorporated comments and suggestions to the ASBP-3 received from the relevant ministries and agencies of the Central Asian countries. At present the document is at the consultation stage in the Governments.

Executive Committee of IFAS incorporated comments and suggestions to the ASBP-3 received from the relevant ministries and agencies of the Central Asian countries. At present the document is at the consultation stage in the Governments. The Government of Kazakhstan  in person of a Member of the IFAS Board signed ASBP-3 document. The Uzbek government in person of a Member of the IFAS Board signed ASBP-3 document with a condition of inclusion of proposals and comments of the Uzbek side to ASBP-3.

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The final draft of the ASBP-3 was presented during the high-level meeting of the IFAS Board members and representatives of the Donor community

The Donor Coordination Conference for the Third Aral Sea Basin Program- 3 (ASBP-3) took place in Almaty on December 9th.

After discussions of the proposed ASBP-3 a Donors’ Statement was unanimously adopted expressing the full support of the Program and the readiness of donors to work together with IFAS and the Governments of IFAS member states in its implementation.

The Aral Sea Basin Programme (ASBP) is the main long-term action program in the region in the field of sustainable development, and especially in the management of water resources and environmental protection. The Program includes national and regional projects aimed at sustainable development with the main focus on using existing water resources more effectively and efficiently in the Aral Sea basin.

The Aral Sea Basin Program-3 (ASBP-3) is a joint effort of the donor community, the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and the civil society. It is a vision for the future, a blue print for development, peace and prosperity in the region.

 

The ultimate objective of ASBP-3 is to improve the living conditions of the people in the region. In other words: It is to improve the socio-economic and environmental situation by applying the principles of integrated use of water resources to develop a mutually acceptable mechanism for a multi-purpose use of water resources and to protect the environment in Central Asia taking into account the interests of all the states in the region.  

 

ASBP-3 works in four directions:

 

Integrated Use of Water Resources

Environmental protection

Socio-economic development

Improving institutional and legal instruments


ASBP-3 development

 

The Executive Committee of IFAS (EC IFAS) has the primary responsibility of designing and setting up ASBP and monitoring its implementation. 

Guided by the decision of the Heads of States of April 28, 2009, the Executive Committee of IFAS (EC IFAS) drafted ASBP-3.

The project preparation process involved extensive consultations among national and international experts to develop program priorities and project proposals. EC IFAS was in continual dialogue with the donor community (in particular with the World Bank, European Union, USAID, GTZ, and SDC) in order to get their comments and ideas.

Thus, ASBP is a joint effort and an on-going process, which involves all national governments of the Region, civil society and the international donor community.

 

This resulted in an agreed list of criteria for project proposals to be included into the Program:

  • National projects to be implemented within one state and primarily financed from the national budget
  • Regional projects to be implemented in the territory of two or more states
  • Meeting the ASBP goals and objectives
  • Meeting one of the directions of ASBP
  • Linking with the corresponding national and regional policy goals and programs

After that, EC IFAS asked member countries to prepare project proposals in accordance with the above criteria. In response, EC IFAS received a total of 335 project proposals including 149 proposals for Direction 1, 100 for Direction 2, 71 for Direction 3, and 15 for Direction 4.

The proposals were clustered and 44 of the most relevant and appropriate projects were identified.

 

These projects are ready for financing and ASBP-3 is looking to raise the required resources for these proposed projects. 

The Summit Meeting of the Presidents of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan took place on 28 April 2009 in Almaty. The Parties adopted the Joint Statement in which Heads of the States-founders IFAS mandated Executive Committee of IFAS, in close cooperation with Interstate Commission for Water Coordination (ICWC) and Interstate Commission for Sustainable Development (ICSD), involving national experts and donors to elaborate the Program of actions on providing assistance to the countries of the Aral Sea Basin for the period of 2011-2015 (ASBP-3) for further consideration and approval by the States-founders IFAS.

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