Environnement dans les économies émergentes et en transition

Water Reforms and National Policy Dialogue (NPDs) in Kyrgyzstan



Year of NPD launch:  2008

Present NPD Chair(s) and strategic partners in the government: Department of Water Management & Melioration (Ministry of Agriculture and Melioration), Ministry of Economic Development, State Agency for Construction and Regional Development

Source of NPD funding: European Union, Government of Denmark, Government of Finland, Government of Germany, Government of Norway, Government of Switzerland

Summary of the main areas of work and achievements.

Priority areas of work and main activities

  • Strategic financial planning for Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDG) targets.
  • Implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) principles, including the use of economic instruments.
  • Support to basin planning and for establishment of basin councils with a pilot in the Chu basin.
  • Improving coherence between the water and other sectoral policies (agri-food, energy).
  • Setting and implementing targets in context of the UNECE-WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health.


National Policy Dialogues (NPDs)

In Kyrgyzstan, the National Policy Dialogue (NPD) started in 2008. It focused on setting up a River Basin Council for the Chu river and developing an action plan to achieve sustainable water management, safe drinking water supply and adequate sanitation in accordance with the Protocol on Water and Health.

The NPD was interrupted in 2010 due to political instability and resumed in mid-2011 under the supervision of a joint Steering Committee for both the integrated water resources management (IWRM) project and the work stream related to water supply and sanitation (WSS) issues.

Hence, the main areas of work and achievements of the NPD in the Kyrgyz Republic are summarised as follows:

  • A national financing strategy for urban and rural water supply and sanitation was developed.
  • Recommendations for reform options for economic instruments for water resources management were developed.
  • The Kyrgyz government added clear water supply and sanitation development targets to the National Strategy for Sustainable Development.
  • The River Basin council for the transboundary Chu basin was set up and the first components of the river basin management plan have been drafted.
  • Studies on application of modern water-saving irrigation technologies were conducted.
  • Targets on health and water were set and adopted. 

The following meetings and missions have been taking place to assist Kyrgyzstan in the NPD process:

Name of the meeting Date and Place LoP Agenda Minutes

18th NDP Steering Commitee meeting

3 February 2023, Bishkek LoP Agenda -

17th NPD Steering Committee meeting

30 January 2018, Bishkek LoP Agenda Minutes

16th NPD Steering Committee meeting

20 June 2017, Bishkek  LoP Agenda  Minutes

15th NPD Steering Committee meeting

 09 December 2016, Bishkek LoP Agenda Minutes

14th NPD Steering Committee meeting

 15 April 2016, Bishkek LoP Agenda Minutes

13th NPD Steering Committee meeting

 30 November 2015, Bishkek LoP Agenda Minutes

12th NPD Steering Committee meeting

 17 March 2015, Bishkek LoP Agenda Minutes

11th NPD Steering Committee meeting

 20 March 2014, Bishkek LoP Agenda Minutes

10th NPD Steering Committee meeting

 18 October 2013, Bishkek LoP Agenda Minutes

09th NPD Steering Committee meeting

 13 March 2013, Bishkek LoP Agenda Minutes
08th NPD Steering Committee meeting  23-24 October 2012, Bishkek LoP Agenda Minutes
07th NPD Steering Committee meeting 18 April 2012, Bishkek - - Minutes

Project Progress:


Kyrgyzstan EUWI timeline for NPD page  


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