Kazakhstan: Establishment of the Kazakhstan Knowledge Center on Integrated Water Resources Management
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in rural areas as well as in a number of urban areas; Kazakhstan's economic diversification plans are hampered by outdated irrigation systems; and the country is struggling with climate change adaptation needs in managing floods and other natural disasters.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.
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- Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
|Project Name||Establishment of the Kazakhstan Knowledge Center on Integrated Water Resources Management|
|Country / Economy||Kazakhstan
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
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in rural areas as well as in a number of urban areas; Kazakhstan's economic diversification plans are hampered by outdated irrigation systems; and the country is struggling with climate change adaptation needs in managing floods and other natural disasters.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".|
|Description of Outcome||Kazakhstan Knowledge Center on Integrated Water Resource Management established|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|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)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|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||Abuov, Kenzhekhan|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Kazakhstan Resident Mission|
Ministry of Agriculture
36 Kenesary Street
|Concept Clearance||04 Oct 2019|
|Approval||11 Dec 2017|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||25 Dec 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|11 Dec 2017||-||11 Dec 2017||30 Sep 2018||30 Sep 2019||02 Dec 2019|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|225,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||225,000.00||17 Jun 2022||192,874.49|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Establishment of the Kazakhstan Knowledge Center on Integrated Water Resources Management: Technical Assistance Completion Report||TA Completion Reports||Aug 2020|
|Образование Казахстанского центра знаний по комплексному управлению водными ресурсами : Информация о проекте||Translated PDS||Dec 2017|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Kazakhstan: Establishment of the Kazakhstan Knowledge Center on Integrated Water Resources Management||Validation of Technical Assistance Completion Reports||Apr 2021|
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|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 (Almaty 1)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||15 Feb 2018||21 Feb 2018|
|National Water Expert - Flood management (Astana 2)||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 - Agricultural Productivity (Almaty 2)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||25 Jan 2018||31 Jan 2018|
|National Water Expert - Agriculture Productivity (Almaty 1)||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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