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EUWI NPD-EECCA Newsletter Update #5

The 5th issue of the EUWI-EECCA component National Policy Dialogue Newsletter is now available for your information at http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=31535 or in the EECCA Working group Documents section on this web-site.

ПРОГРЕСС В УЛУЧШЕНИИ УПРАВЛЕНИЯ ВОДНЫМИ РЕСУРСАМИ В КЫРГЫЗСТАНЕ

24 октября 2012 года в г. Бишкеке, Кыргызстан, состоялось восьмое заседание Координационного совета Национального диалога по водной политике в сфере интегрированного управления водными ресурсами.

Progress in strengthening water resources management in Kyrgyzstan

The eighth meeting of the Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogue on integrated water resources in management in Kyrgyzstan took place in Bishkek on 24 October 2012. It was organized by the Department of Water Management and Melioration of the Ministry of Agriculture and Melioration of Kyrgyzstan in cooperation with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in the framework of the European Union Water Initiative.

Video recordings of the EUWI Seminar during World Water Week 2012.

As part of World Water Week 2012 in Stockholm, on 29 August the EU Water Initiative held a special Multi-Stakeholder Forum to mark the 10 year anniversary of its establishment at the 2002 World Summit for Sustainable Development.

Please click on the following links to view the various presentations and panel discussions:

 

Video clip 1: Per Bertilsson (Swedish International Water Institute): Welcome and overview of the EUWI seminar.

Progress towards the implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management in Turkmenistan

On 27 September 2012 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, the second meeting of the Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogue (NPD) on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) committed to further progress towards the implementation of IWRM in Turkmenistan following the country’s accession to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) in August 2012.

National Policy Dialogues on Water: taking stock of 10 years of progress in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

Ten years since the launching of the European Union Water Initiative (EUWI), some 50 representatives of the countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, as well as European Union (EU) member States and international organizations, are gathering in Geneva to discuss progress in implementation. In those countries the Water Initiative is implemented through National Policy Dialogues supported by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

UNECE supports development of new water legislation in Georgia

The first Steering Committee meeting of the Georgian National Policy Dialogue on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), held in Tbilisi on Monday and Tuesday, 11 and 12 June, approved some basic elements for new water legislation to be further developed into a draft law. The Steering Committee meeting, which was followed by a Stakeholders Workshop, was organized by the Georgian Ministry of Environment Protection and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), in cooperation with Global Water Partnership Georgia.

UNECE supports development of new National Water Strategy in Azerbaijan

A new draft National Water Strategy was presented and discussed on 8 June in the Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogue on Integrated Water Resources Management in Baku. The meeting was organized by the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

UNECE National Policy Dialogue supports water sector reform in Tajikistan

At a meeting of the Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogue on Integrated Water Resources Management (NPD IWRM) in Tajikistan, held on 25 May in Dushanbe, it was decided to finalize a Water Sector Reform Strategy for irrigation, drainage and drinking water in Tajikistan in October 2012.

Kyrgyzstan makes strides in improving its water resources management within framework of UNECE-supported NPD

On Wednesday, 18 April, in Bishkek, the seventh meeting of the Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogue on Integrated Water Resources Management approved work towards a River Basin Management Plan for the Chu River Basin and endorsed the outcome of a baseline study, which will serve as a basis for targets and a programme of measures on water and health in Kyrgyzstan. These outcomes are a significant step in addressing issues such as pollution of the Chu River, as well as the quality of drinking water, and its subsequent health impacts.