ASTANA TIMES: Kazakhstan Plans to Restore Water Institute in Taraz

Country: Kazakhstan
ASTANA TIMES: Kazakhstan Plans to Restore Water Institute in Taraz
23 February 2024

The Kazakh government, represented by Advisor to the President Kanat Bozumbayev and Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Nurlan Nurzhigitov, has outlined plans to revitalize the Zhambyl Irrigation Institute with a focus solely on water resources. This decision comes in response to concerns about the lag in scientific research within Kazakhstan's water sector compared to international standards. Bozumbayev emphasized the critical need for well-trained personnel in the industry and advocated for revising educational standards to meet these demands.

One of the key challenges highlighted is the excessive cultivation of water-intensive crops, which puts pressure on the country's water resources. To address this, the government aims to promote the adoption of water recycling systems and reduce water consumption by major users by 25-30%. These measures signify a shift towards sustainable water management practices.

Furthermore, Minister Nurzhigitov announced the inclusion of new water-related specialties in the prestigious Bolashak international scholarship program. This initiative aims to provide Kazakh students with opportunities to study disciplines such as Hydrogeology, Water Resources, and Water Security abroad, encouraging them to contribute to water management and diplomacy efforts upon their return.

The government's commitment to addressing water-related challenges is evident through its engagement with foreign partners. Regular meetings with countries such as China, France, Germany, Turkey, and the United Kingdom demonstrate Kazakhstan's willingness to collaborate on water-related goals and leverage international expertise to improve its water management strategies.

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