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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Methodology for presenting case studies

This chapter provides information on the methodology applied when selecting and developing case studies to illustrate relevant international experience and provide valuable information to key stakeholders in Kazakhstan. The 15 case studies represent three regions of the world (Africa; Asia; Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia) and OECD countries. It presents the overall criterion for selecting case studies, which concerns conditions and region. In addition, it presents specific criteria related to water supply use, physical characteristics, climatic conditions and a water security index. Tables include the final template for reporting case studies and a table of key characteristics.


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