Enabling Transboundary Cooperation and Integrated Water Resources Management in the Chu and Talas River Basins

Expected Outcomes

1: TDA including climate scenario analyses to inform adaptive integrated management of the Chu-Talas shared water resources.

2.: Building the foundation for broadened and improved bilateral water cooperation

3: Strengthening capacity of water resources monitoring in the Chu and Talas River Basins.    


Current achievements

Outcome 1:

Expert support was provided to the Department of Water Management and Land Reclamation, State agency on environment protection and forestry, Kyrgyz Hydromet and Kazakh Hydromet in the development of sections of the Strategic Action Program (SAP).

The 24th Chui Talas Water Commission (CTWC) meeting was supported, during which discussions were held on the results of the development of the SAP and needs, the schedule of subsequent actions for countries to adopt the SAP to address the transboundary issues  identified in the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA). The report was prepared for publication in Russian and English.


Outcome 2:

The SAP was developed on the basis of the TDA, which was adopted and approved at the 24th meeting of CTWC in April 2018. The decision on the development of the SAP for the Chu and Talas river basins and the establishment of a working group for its development were adopted at the 22nd meeting of CTWC in November 2016. In accordance with this decision, the establishment of a Working Group on Climate Change Adaptation and long-term action programs and 3 national meetings in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, as well as two joint meetings in Bishkek and Taraz to develop SAP were held.


On December 12, 2018, an extended meeting of the Working Group on Climate Change Adaptation and long-term action programs was held at the Secretariat of the Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic on the use of interstate water management structures on the Chu and Talas rivers. The working group discussed information on the SAP developed for the Chu and Talas river basins and on the process of harmonization in both countries.


CTWC web site (http://chui.at.kg/ru/) was supported by the project. Further refinement of the website and bringing its content in line with the GEF requirements will allow it to get a lifetime and free placement on the servers of the GEF learning platform - IW: LEARN.


As part of the exchange of experience with the Sava Commission, 4 trainings were conducted on:

1. "Internet resources for the exchange of data and information on the example of hydrometeorological and geographical information systems of the Sava Commission" - January 2018

2. “Planning the management of the transboundary river basin on the example of the Sava River Basin - opportunities and solutions for the Chu and Talas river basins” - March 2018,

3. "The history, practice and application of the Framework Agreement on the Sava River Basins and its protocols - opportunities and solutions for CTWC" - April 2018

4. “Water resources and adaptation to climate change - options for the Chu and Talas river basins” - June 2018.

Total participants in the above activities were more than 100 people, of whom at least 40% are women.


Outcome 3:

An agreement was implemented on joint implementation of the project with Kyrgyzhydromet and Kazhydromet to assess water quality in the Chu and Talas river basins, assess the hydrometeorological situation, and harmonize surface water quality monitoring systems. A publication on water quality has been produced.


The Sava Commission implemented a capacity building program on transboundary water management and held 2 trainings and 1 international conference dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the first Water Sharing Agreement between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan on the Talas River with more than 100 participants representing Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan and international organizations.


The final evaluation of the project was carried out with special recommendations for the further provision of the main product of the project - the SAP. The results of the final assessment were presented to the partners at the final conference of the project, which was held on December 12, 2018 in the city of Taraz, Kazakhstan.



Project start date:

May 2015

Estimated end date:

December 2018

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Kyrgyzstan

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

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  • Global Environment Fund Truste
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2018 $224,525

    2017 $353,460

    2016 $359,637

    2015 $62,268

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