Initiative Blue Peace Central Asia presented at a workshop in Nur-Sultan

Local news, 22.10.2019

The Swiss Initiative Blue Peace Central Asia (BPCA) has been presented during the regional workshop on the implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (SDG 6.5.1) in Kazakhstan and CASENA region, held on October 15-16, 2019, in Nur-Sultan, by Tursyn Bukayeva, representative of the Swiss Embassy in Kazakhstan. The workshop was organized by the Country Water Partnership of Kazakhstan in cooperation with the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of Kazakhstan.

Workshop Initiative Blue Peace
Workshop Initiative Blue Peace © FDFA

The two days’ workshop gathered about 30 representatives of Kazakh Ministries, international organizations and experts from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Mongolia.

Kazakhstan was represented by the Vice-Minister of ecology of Kazakhstan, Mr. Sergei Gromov, and the Chairman of the Committee of Water Resources of the same Ministry, Mr. Arman Turlybek, who pointed out that Kazakhstan is on the way to transit to the integrated water resource management.

Tursyn Bukayeva reported about the different activities conducted by Switzerland in the framework of BPCA in the region, including different technical meetings and the IWRM project on the basin of rivers Chu and Talas.

The BPCA project was launched in 2017 in Astana by the former Foreign Minister of Switzerland, Mr. Didier Burkhalter. Several technical dialogues had been conducted since 2017 including the visit to Senegal in 2018 of the CA countries delegations and organization of the round tables at Astana Economic Forum and World Water Week in Stockholm this year. Since 2008, Switzerland assists both countries situated in the basin of rivers Shu and Talas to realize water accounting in these two rivers by providing an accurate information base for water allocation.