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Chu Talas


Promoting Cooperation to Adapt to Climate Change in the Chu and Talas Transboundary Basin

Working meeting - November 2012, Kazakhstan
Working meeting - July 2012, Kazakhstan

The project aims to improve the adaptive capacity of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, to support dialogue and cooperation on the needed steps to design an adaptation strategy in the transboundary context and thereby prevent controversy on the use of water resources.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • Modelling of the possible changes in water resources of the Chu-Talas basin associated with climate conditions and elaboration of joint scenarios,
  • Preparation of joint vulnerability assessment, focusing on selected areas/sectors of importance for the work of the Commission,
  • Development of a package of possible adaptation measures and relevant procedures for the Commission, which may contribute to decreasing potential tensions over changing hydrological regimes. Such procedures and measures will be built into the regular Commission’s operations and policies, where appropriate.


  • Facilitating organizations: UNDP (Ms. Natalia Alexeeva, Mr. Amirkhan Kenshimov and Ryspek Apasov), UNECE (Ms. Sonja Koeppel, Mr. Bo Libert and Ms. Francesca Bernardini) and OSCE.


  • Kazakhstan: Committee of Water Resources, Ministry of Agriculture
  • Kyrgyzstan: State Committee of Water Resources and Melioration Secretariat of the Chu-Talas Commission

Project duration: 3 years, Start: Jan 2010, End: Dec 2012

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