World Water Day in Kazakhstan: training and photo contest

24 March 2014

The Centre for Sustainable development in cooperation with UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty and a number of other partners conducted a training and organized a photo contest on the occasion of the World Water Day, from 17 to 20 March 2014.

We must find ways to ensure access to water and energy in sufficient quantity and quality, in a sustainable way.

Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

A training on "Economic and financial instruments in IWRM" was held in Almaty on 17-19 March 2014. The event was organized by Centre for Sustainable Development, the Secretariat of the Central Asian regional network for capacity building in the field of water resources management CAR@WAN and the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC. The training was conducted with the support of a global network of Cap-Net UNDP ( and was aimed at obtaining skills and the use of economic instruments to achieve the objectives of integrated water resources management (IWRM).

Professor, Mr Meine Pieter van Dijk, from the UNESCO Institute for Water Education in Delft was invited to conduct the training.

Participants were taught on how water issues are related to economic and financial instruments, got acquainted with the key economic concepts, studied in more detail the main sources of financing in the water sector, determined which financial and economic criteria play an important role in decision-making.

Economic instruments can be used to achieve higher levels of effective distribution, water use and pollution prevention. Currently, the use of economic instruments is on the rise in Central Asia, but it is far from its full potential.

On 20 March 2014 a student photo contest on the best series of photographs dedicated to water issues and entitled "Water and Energy" was held. It was organized jointly by the Center for Sustainable Development and Kazakh Economic University (KazEU) named after T.Ryskulov. The event was devoted to the celebration of World Water Day, which is celebrated annually by the international community on March 22.

The contest was designed to attract the attention of students, undergraduates and teachers to the problems of drinking water, the need for conservation and sustainable use of water resources.

Welcoming speeches were given by the honorary guests of the event - the representative of UNESCO Cluster Office Ms Kristine Tovmasyan and Vice-Rector of KazEU named after T.Ryskulov, Ms Saltanat Tamenova.

Photo contest winners were awarded with prizes and certificates.

"The challenge is all the greater as the demand for water and energy is soaring, particularly in emerging economies, where agriculture, industry and cities are developing at a tremendous pace. We must find ways to ensure access to water and energy in sufficient quantity and quality, in a sustainable way" said Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the World Water Day, 22 March 2014.

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