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High-level workshop on Financing Transboundary Basin Development

High-level workshop on Financing Transboundary Basin Development

09 October 2018
Nur-Sultan Kazakhstan

The High-Level workshop on Financing Transboundary Basin Development was held back-to-back with the eighth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention in Astana, on 9 October 2018. Organized under the leadership of Kazakhstan, the Netherlands and Switzerland and in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank, GEF IW:LEARN, the European Investment Bank and the World Bank; the high-level workshop targeted high-level officials such as Ministers, State Secretary, Permanent Secretary or Director-General. Switzerland and Kazakhstan co-chaired the meeting.

More than 100 participants took part in the high-level workshop, aiming at enhancing their capacity in financing transboundary water cooperation. More specifically, the workshop aimed to facilitate knowledge sharing and peer learning among Water Ministers and other High-Level officials on options to enhance the financial sustainability of transboundary basin development; to provide Ministers and other High-Level officials with access to state-of-the-art knowledge on how to mobilize funding for transboundary basin development including on preparation of investment plans and financing strategies and to promote exchange of experience on how to raise funds from national sources for transboundary basin development.

To facilitate discussions and exchanges between the participants, thematic ministerial roundtables took place. Case studies presentations and moderated discussions were organized for participants to better understand what are the current needs to enhance transboundary basin development and what are the sources of financing for these needs. Donors, international organizations, countries and river basin organizations exchanged on challenges and existing solutions to improve financing transboundary water cooperation.

The urgent need to create enabling conditions for investments in shared basins was the main conclusion of the discussion, namely through appropriate and strong legal and institutional arrangements for cooperation. Other recommendations and key messages form the workshop were captured in the Co-Chair summary (soon available on this page).

On the following day (10 October), the 8th session of the Meeting of the Parties also welcomed the main outcomes of the workshop and stressed the importance of financing sustainable basin development. Governments, donors and other actors were also called upon to implement the recommendations emanating from the workshop.

Moreover, one of the programme areas of the next Programme of Work of the Water Convention for 2019-2021 will focus on financing transboundary water cooperation. In this regard, the high-level workshop was a first step to engage a dialogue with countries and key stakeholders.


Background document PDF      
Information note PDF PDF PDF PDF
Main outcomes of the high-level workshop on financing PDF PDF PDF PDF
List of participants        


Presentations ENG FRE RUS
Opening Speeches      
H.E. Mr. Umirzak Shukeyev
Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of
Ms. Olga Algayerova
Executive Secretary, UNECE
Mr. Ato Brown
World Bank Country Manager for Kazakhstan
Introduction Session 2      
Financing Transboundary Basin Development
Ms. Francesca Bernardini
Secretary of the Water Convention, UNECE and
Ms. Susanne Schmeier
Consultant, UNECE
Some of the case studies presented      
Central African Republic about Congo basin
H.E. Mr. Herbert Gotran Djono-Ahaba
Minister of Energy and Hydraulic Resources, Central African Republic
Chu-Talas Water Management Commission on the Chu-Talas
Ms. Indira Akbozova
Head of Secretariat Chu-Talas Commission (Kazakhstan Part)
Chu-Talas Water Management Commission
Lao PDR on Mekong basin
Mr. Inthavy Akkharath
Director General
Department of Water Resources, Lao PDR
Niger about Niger Basin
H.E. Mr. Issoufou Katambe
Minister of Hydraulics and Sanitation, Niger
Belarus about Dnieper basin
Mr. Andrei Khmel
Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Belarus