2-3 March, 2011 within the framework of the project "Dam Safety in Central Asia: Capacity Building and Regional Cooperation" UNECE and IFAS organized a regional expert meeting in Almaty.
Representatives of ministries of foreign affairs, justice, emergency and water management authorities of the countries of the Aral Sea basin region, jointly with representatives of international and donor organizations (the Eurasian Development Bank, the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ GmbH), the OSCE Centre in Astana, UNDP, ESCAP, UNRCCA, USAID, CAREC and the international consultants participated in the meeting.
The experts discussed ways to strengthen regional cooperation between Central Asia and improve the legal bases for the safety of large dams and other hydraulic structures and unification of methods for joint monitoring of the condition of dams and other hydraulic structures for the operational assessment and adequate response.
The project, supported by the Government of Finland, Russia, carried out under the auspices of the UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA), implemented by UNECE and UNESCAP in close cooperation with IFAS, was initiated as one element of the provisions within the "Strategy for Cooperation for the rational and effictive use of water and energy resources in Central Asia".
Under the project "Dam safety in Central Asia: Capacity Building and Regional Cooperation" the model of national law on safety of hydraulic structures and the draft regional agreement on cooperation in the field of safety of hydraulic structures in Central Asia were developed.
The following recommendations were adopted after meeting: to amend the draft technical regulation on safety of hydraulic structures, to continue work on the draft regional agreement on safety of hydraulic structures".
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