Strengthening Shardara Multi-Purpose Water Infrastructure in Kazakhstan

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More than 8 000 large multi-purpose water infrastructures (MPWIs) around the world contribute to economic development, as well as water, food and energy security, encompassing all human-made water systems including dams, dykes, reservoirs and associated irrigation canals and water supply networks. Focused on the specific case of the Shardara MPWI located in Low Syr-Darya Basin, South Kazakhstan and Kyzyl-Orda oblasts (provinces) of Kazakhstan, this report looks at the choice and design of MPWI investment strategies that ensure a high economic return on investments and potential bankability, based on application of a computer model and lessons learned from 15 international MPWI case studies.

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Findings and recommendations

This chapter presents findings based on data collected, as well as actions, scenarios and storylines simulated and analysed using the WHAT-IF model. It further defines five actions previously identified – drip irrigation, conveyance, drainage, Koksaray and Shardara bypass – in terms of costs and impacts on available resources. Supported by a series of graphics, it examines findings on land use and profitability, highlighting data on the source of agriculture net income and irrigation water use by planning zones, among others. It also addresses findings regarding land use and individual actions, and the synergies between them. The chapter ends with a summary of key findings and reservations followed by key recommendations of the project.


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