Workshop in Kyzylorda: «Prospects for the development of green energy in the Aral Sea basin»
Central Asian countries make considerable efforts towards to increasing efficiency of use water energy capacity of the region. Development of “green energy” based on renewable and non-conventional energy sources is one of the ways of sustainable use of energy and water resources of the region, that consistent with the global agenda of Sustainable development goals for 2015-2030, in particular Goal 7:
- Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. In order to enhance exchange of experience and information about technical achievements on “green energy” implementation, international workshop «Prospects for the development of green energy in the Aral Sea basin» was held. Organizers of the event were International fund for saving the Aral sea in the Republic of Kazakhstan in cooperation with Kazakh-German University with financial support of the Representation of Konrad Adenauer fund in Kazakhstan.
- International workshop was aimed for development of cooperation between representatives of science, university teachers, governmental specialists and international organizations:
- for further implantation of “green” economy in Central Asia;
- enhancing interaction in water management and partnership development;
- improving the environmental situation in the Aral Sea basin and
- promoting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and directly Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all and Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
It was planned to conduct working workshop aimed for development of interaction between representatives of science, universities, business-companies with participation of the official bodies to implement economically advantageous water-saving technologies and promoting “green” energy approaches to improve environmental situation in Aral sea basin.
Assumed, that experience exchange between Central Asian countries, and also such sectors as: science, business and environmental organizations will produce new insights among participants and force them to implement new, but tested technologies and establish new partnerships.
International workshop was held together by institutional partners: Kazakh-German university (DKU) and The Executive Board of the International Fund for saving the Aral Sea in the Republic of Kazakhstan, that, in particular, was responsible for organizational and logistic issues. Agreement with DKU is attached. Also, Akimat of Kysylorda region and leading university - Kyzylorda state university named after Korkyt Ata have provided support in organization of the workshop.
International workshop was held during two days and gathered more than 75 participants, including representatives of science, international organizations, governmental bodies, teachers from universities and students.
Workshop on Climate and Water Law and Governance in Central Asia and Afghanistan for young civil servants
The 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which governments of Central Asia agreed in September 2015, recognizes that climate change is “one of the greatest challenges of our time” and voices concern about “its adverse impacts undermine the ability of all countries to achieve sustainable development.” In order to address this challenge and ensure appropriate actions on political level in Central Asia it is important to train future decision-makers and to demonstrate advanced practices of climate change adaptation and consequences mitigation measures. Public awareness rising is important for involving civil society into the climate change related activities, thus one of the workshop objectives would be aimed at wide dissemination of the climate-related information.
Workshop with presentations, lectures by international, regional and local speakers, as well as interactive sessions and group works.
- 12 young civil servants from 5 states of Central Asia and Afghanistan to be trained on international measures towards climate change adaptation for preventive security policy.
- 12 young decision-makers and 10 Master students of Integrated Water Resources Management study program at KGU to be trained on social media tools for sharing climate change-related information with the support of Aarhus centers.
- Networking among young civil servants from 6 states.
Wide spectrum of speakers, including decision-makers, science, business and NGO representatives was speaking and interacting with young civil servants to ensure multistakeholder involvement into the policy-making processes. All days of workshop consist the training for young civil servants from water related agencies from Central Asian states, including close interaction with civil society representatives. The training was conducted in synergy with Central Asian Regional Ecological Centre’s Central Asian Leadership Programme on Environment for Sustainable Development.
During the workshop the presentation of international expert on climate change and its impact in water resources, agriculture, energy sector and other sphere was made. The world best practices and regional measures were discussed with local expert and government representative from Kazakhstan. Interactive group work session with participation of basin councils, Aarhus centers, International Fund for saving the Aral Sea was conducted. Training on social media tools for dissemination of climate-related information was made. During the workshop were offered interaction, in-depth understanding and legal tools for cooperation with civil society and decision makers regarding sharing information on climate related policy and law and its impact on water resources, which is at the disposal of governmental agencies to stimulate their open attitude and assistance towards sharing information and allowing for the civil society participation in the relevant decision-making processes.
All representatives of Central Asian governments received information on legal aspects of Paris Agreement implementation and water management on international, regional and national levels. Participants obtained skills of analyzing regulatory documents and experienced in drafting interstate agreement and in negotiating on it based on methodology developed by GGRETA project. UNESCO Manual on Hydrodiplomacy was spread among participants of 2017 year and according to the Assessment all of them will read the Manual and use it in their daily work. It would also be used for future annual workshops. Joint studies and group works which brought together participants from different states let them to establish professional network and contributed to better understanding of problems with sharing common water resources. High ranked experienced lecturers expanded participants overview on global trends in climate change and water management and enabled them to learn best practices. Lectures conducted only in English let participants train their English-speaking skills. Exchanges during multistakeholder involving session contributed to establishing links between different stakeholders and played role of networking tool. Participation of Aarhus centers representatives ensures outreach and wide dissemination of information about the event. Project contributed to wider dissemination of knowledge gathered by GGRETA project.
Trainings for civil servants “Improved understanding of key water management issues by mid-level government officials”
UNECE (9-11 of April, Aktau; 28-30 of May, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2018)
Within the framework of the UNECE project “Improved understanding of key water management issues by mid-level government officials”, German-Kazakh University was responsible to implement the following tasks under the grant:
- Organization of training for civil servants on Integrated Water Resources Management in collaboration with the State Academy of Management under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (State Academy) Aktau, Kazakhstan – April 9 – 11/2018
- Organization of training for civil servants on Integrated Water Resources Management in collaboration with the State Academy of Management under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (State Academy) Almaty, Kazakhstan – May 28 – 30/2018
- Acquaint participants with the legal, political and economic aspects of water resources management at the international, regional and national levels;
- Strengthen the capacity of young mid-level government officials responsible for water management at the national level;
- Establish strong regional cooperation between employees of state organizations of the water sector.
The first part of the trainings for government officials was organized in Mangystau region (Aktau city) in order to cover water professionals from the Southwest region of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The second part of trainings was organized in Almaty (Kazakhstan) at the German-Kazakh University in order to cover water professionals from the Southeast region of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Three days training consists of the lectures and group work lead by the high level professionals.
Such trainings were useful to establish contacts between organizations that are profiling in the field of water resources, which in the future will help to strengthen the effectiveness of the work of state structures.