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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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Foreword

This study was part of the project “Economic Aspects of Water Resource Management in EECCA Countries: Support to the Implementation of the Water Resources Management Programme in Kazakhstan”. This project was implemented in 2015-16 under the Kazakhstan and OECD co-operation agreement and the OECD Country Programme for Kazakhstan developed and approved in March 2015. The project would not have been possible without the financial support of the government of Kazakhstan, the European Union and the governments of Norway and Germany, which is gratefully acknowledged.

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