The International Water Assessment Center is opening in Kazakhstan. This will allow the country to become a scientific center which will solve regional and global water problems. This was announced by experts at a meeting in Astana on water policy topics. According to experts, the center will strengthen a regional partnership in this area. Today Kazakhstan receives about 50 % of the water from transboundary rivers.

FRANCESCA BERNARDINI, SECRETARY, WATER CONVENTION:

 - IWAK in Astana, in Kazakhstan is a very important step forward in the promotion of a sustainable management of transboundary water resources in the region. This certainly enriches the work of IWAC. The government of Kazakhstan is fully financing the personnel, the offices and the number of activities. I understand that it is totally commissioned that the center will be able to fundraise additional resources from sources to implement activities.

Kazakhstan plans to organize a meeting with Kyrgyzstan on the use of the Syr Darya water resources and create a working group. Today the five-sided interstate commission is functioning, but Kazakhstan plans to discuss some topics on a bilateral basis. The Toktogul basin in Syr Darya is the largest reservoir of the region. Now the reservoir is used to produce energy. According to experts, the energy exchange between the two countries is possible.

IGOR KOVAL, DIRECTOR, TRANSBOUNDARY RIVERS DEPARTMENT, KAZAKH MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE:

 - Water-saving and water recycling technologies should be applied in agriculture and industry. We have to work on this. This is why negotiations are held. Any state works on water saving technologies.

The convention on Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes was signed in Helsinki in March 17, 1992. Kazakhstan joined the convention in 2000.

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