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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Shardara Multi-Purpose Water Infrastructure (MPWI)

This chapter provides data and information about the Shardara multi-purpose water infrastructure (MPWI). It points out that the pilot area goes beyond Shardara Reservoir, encompassing water resources and infrastructure in the whole Aral- Lower Syr Darya basin. It identifies key features of the basin, such as the 80% of water flow that comes from outside Kazakhstan and its multi-faceted nature. With respect to infrastructure, it describes two reservoirs in the pilot area (Shardara and Koksaray), as well as river sections, lakes, agricultural zones, canals and drinking water. Finally, it describes the role of the schematic to define geographical areas, river sections and pieces of main infrastructure.


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