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The International Conference on “Europe-Asia Transboundary Water Cooperation” will be held from 15 to 16 December 2011 which is organized in the framework of the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention).

The Central Asian States have ratified several international conventions and have developed action plans to address country-specific and regional environmental challenges. However, these processes are not always balanced as all the states have not ratified the same conventions and when they have done so they are implementing action plans at different speeds.

 

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The International High Level Conference and the Workshop are organized in the framework of the UNECE Programme “Regional Dialogue and Cooperation on Water Resources Management in Central Asia”, supported by the Government of Germany through GIZ, and in cooperation with the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

A subregional workshop to enhance understanding of and strengthen capacity for the implementation of the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context, and in particular the Convention’s Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment, will be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from 28 March to 1 April 2011. The workshop, which will bring together 25 participants from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, will focus on the water sector.

In the framework of Component1 of the programme “Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia” – Fostering regional institutional cooperation, the project on “Regional Dialogue and Cooperation in Water Resources Management” is implemented in cooperation with UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). This project presents contribution to implementation of the EC IFAS activities aimed at the institutional and legal strengthening of IFAS and its organizations.

“Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia” Programme is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ GmbH) on behalf of German Federal Foreign Office. This program represents one of the mechanisms of the “Berlin Process” – the Initiative which is an offer by the German Federal Government to the countries of Central Asia to support them in water management and to make water a subject of intensified transboundary cooperation.

The working meeting of the Expert group on improving the structure and legal base of IFAS took place on October 23 in Almaty.

On the 16th July 2010 in Almaty, Deputy UN Secretary General, Executive Secretary of UN European Economic Commission, Jan Kubis and the UNECE Regional Adviser on Environment, Bo Libert, met with representatives of Executive Committee on the development of relations between IFAS with UN agencies and implementing joint projects with UNECE.

The First meeting of the Working Group on Institutional and Legal Strengthening and the Development of Aral Sea Basin Programme - 3 took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, 10-11 December 2009. The meeting was convened by the Executive Committee of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS) and facilitated by the UNECE under the program on Regional Dialogue and Cooperation on Water Resources Management in Central Asia, financed by the Government of Germany through GTZ (German Agency for technical cooperation).

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