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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This report has been prepared within the framework of the project “Strengthening the role of multi-purpose water infrastructure in ensuring the water, food and energy and ecosystems security, as well as in shifting to the inclusive green economy and sustainable development of Kazakhstan” (also referred to as “Strengthening the role of multi-purpose water infrastructure”). The project was implemented by the OECD with financial support from the government of Kazakhstan, European Union, governments of Norway and Germany, and the OECD GREEN Action Task Force (former EAP Task Force). It was implemented through the ongoing National Policy Dialogue (NPD) on water policy in Kazakhstan in co-operation with the EU Water Initiative and facilitated by the OECD and the UN Economic Commission for Europe. The text below presents an overview of the project.


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