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Kazakhstan: Establishment of the Kazakhstan Knowledge Center on Integrated Water Resources Management

Sovereign (Public) Project | 51364-001 Status: Active

Since Kazakhstan declared independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, the country's water sector has been incapable to attract adequate knowledge and financial resources. Today, water-related infrastructures are unable to effectively serve the needs of the population in terms of drinking water supply and sanitation in rural areas as well as in a number of urban areas; Kazakhstan's economic diversification plans are hampered by outdated irrigation systems; and the country is struggling with climate change adaptation needs in managing floods and other natural disasters. Water-related data and information, including on the downstream use of the water resources for urban water services, is fragmented across several institutions. Currently, responsibilities for managing water-related issues in Kazakhstan is divided across six ministries, with pronounced problems in terms of institutional coordination.

Project Details

Project Officer
Kenzhekhan Abuov Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Kazakhstan
Sector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
 
Project Name Establishment of the Kazakhstan Knowledge Center on Integrated Water Resources Management
Project Number 51364-001
Country Kazakhstan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9477-KAZ: Establishment of the Kazakhstan Knowledge Center on Integrated Water Resources Management
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development - Agriculture research and application - Rural flood protection - Water-based natural resources management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description Since Kazakhstan declared independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, the country's water sector has been incapable to attract adequate knowledge and financial resources. Today, water-related infrastructures are unable to effectively serve the needs of the population in terms of drinking water supply and sanitation in rural areas as well as in a number of urban areas; Kazakhstan's economic diversification plans are hampered by outdated irrigation systems; and the country is struggling with climate change adaptation needs in managing floods and other natural disasters. Water-related data and information, including on the downstream use of the water resources for urban water services, is fragmented across several institutions. Currently, responsibilities for managing water-related issues in Kazakhstan is divided across six ministries, with pronounced problems in terms of institutional coordination. The absence of a comprehensive database and unified, structured system for strengthening institutional linkages creates inefficiencies and problems for the country to position itself along the water technological frontier. Kazakhstan urgently needs to update its water-related knowledge and educational structure, enhance its integrated water management systems and strengthen institutional coordination in order to contribute to enhancing the quality of water-related services to the population, improving agriculture productivity, as well as promoting food security and mitigation efforts in response to climate change. Kazakhstan's new CPS commits extensive support from ADB to the establishment of applied knowledge centers, indicating IWRM as a key area for intervention. The Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan agreed to the creation of the Center as an outcome of discussions with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and a brainstorming session held at the Kazakhstan National Agrarian University (KazNAU) on 13-14 October 2017 among international organizations and national agencies forming the informal Water Partners Group of Kazakhstan (WPGK).
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The TA will finance: (i) the preparation of a strategy, road map and work plan related to the creation of the Center, including its institutional structure, aim, objectives, activities, budget, financial plan, staffing, and business model; (ii) the delivery of a report analyzing knowledge gaps the Center is meant to fill, given the organization of IWRM functions across various institutions in Kazakhstan; and (iii) the identification and implementation in collaboration with international knowledge partners of two pilot projects promoting technological enhancement in IWRM areas, such as improving agriculture productivity, flood management, or the delivery of drinking water supply in urban and rural areas, which could serve as examples of the services the Centre will be able to provide once fully functional. The TA will contribute to establishing the Center in line with the recommendations provided by the WPGK and expanding water-related knowledge in the country. It will also help identifying further and longer-term TA support from ADB, in line with the new 2017-2021 country partnership strategy (CPS) on Kazakhstan.
Impact The TA is aligned with Water-related knowledge generation and dissemination in Kazakhstan, in support of the Government "Ak-Bulak" program, and the "Regions' Development Program-2020".
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Kazakhstan Knowledge Center on Integrated Water Resource Management established
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Center's Strategy, Roadmap and Workplan prepared and endorsed

2. Water-related knowledge gaps in Kazakhstan delivered

3. Two pilot projects promoting Kazakhstan's technological enhancement in IWRM identified and implemente

2. Report identifying water-related knowledge gaps in Kazakhstan delivered

3. Two pilot projects promoting Kazakhstan's technological enhancement in IWRM identified and implemented

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services 12. ADB will engage three international consultants for a total of five person-months and national consultants for a total 16 person-months in accordance with ADB's Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and associated project administration instructions and TA staff instructions. Individual Consultants are being recruited as the number of consultants is small and there is no major shared output required. ADB will administer the TA and organize workshops as needed. The TA proceeds will be disbursed in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Kenzhekhan Abuov
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Kazakhstan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Agriculture
36 Kenesary Street
010000 Astana
Kazakhstan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 04 Oct 2019
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 11 Dec 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 25 Dec 2017

TA 9477-KAZ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Dec 2017 - 11 Dec 2017 30 Sep 2018 30 Sep 2019 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00 11 Dec 2017 184,445.10

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
International Water Expert—Agriculture Productivity Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Mar 2018 28 Mar 2018
National Water Institutional Expert (Astana) Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018
National Water Expert - Flood management (Astana 2) Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Feb 2018 21 Feb 2018
National Water Expert - Flood management (Almaty 1) Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Feb 2018 21 Feb 2018
National Water Senior Expert - Flood management (Astana) Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Feb 2018 07 Feb 2018
National Water Institutional Expert (Almaty) Individual - Consulting Closed 26 Jan 2018 01 Feb 2018
National Water Expert - Agriculture Productivity (Almaty 1) Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Jan 2018 31 Jan 2018
National Water Expert - Agricultural Productivity (Almaty 2) Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Jan 2018 31 Jan 2018
International Water Expert—Agriculture Productivity Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Jan 2018 22 Jan 2018
International Water Expert—Flood Management Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Jan 2018 22 Jan 2018
International Water Institutional Expert (IE) Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Jan 2018 17 Jan 2018

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