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and members of local communities. This built trust and a spirit of cooperation that changed mind-sets among the community and prompted them to take responsibility and build resilience through sustainable resource use. For example, they have adopted more efficient water use, forest protection, and energy-saving activities.

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Environmental protection through basin agreement in Kazakhstan

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Lake Balkhash is one of the largest lakes in Asia. Located in southeast Kazakhstan, the basin is shared with China and the lake is fed partly by the Alakol river catchment area. This valuable water resource is at risk from desertification, industrial activity, and overuse of its tributary water sources. GWP Kazakhstan has been working hard to establish multi-stakeholder water governance mechanisms throughout the country and there are now eight basin management structures, including the Balkhash–Alakol Basin Council. This has 49 members drawn from various water user organisations and aims to promote cooperation among public, private, and other water stakeholders with view to encouraging more efficient water resources management. Following a number of dialogues and meetings during 2016, stakeholders – including representatives from government and industry – signed a basin agreement to formalise cooperation on water resources. This has led to the introduction of a range of environmental protection measures, including new (green) technologies to minimise the impact of industrial pollutants and reduce carbon emissions.

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In Shaanxi Province, groundwater is the main source of water for drinking and irrigating crops. It is also vital for sustaining ecosystems such as streams, lakes, and wetlands. But this resource is coming under pressure due to population growth, urbanisation and changing land use, and climate change. GWP China Shaanxi conducted a series of studies to analyse the role of groundwater in water resources allocation. These led to a proposal to establish legislation and provided policy recommendations to decision-makers to strengthen the management of groundwater.

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The proposed legislation was submitted to the Shaanxi Provincial People’s Congress for discussion in 2015 and came into force as a legal regulation in April 2016. GWP Shaanxi has been working closely with the Shaanxi Water Resources Department to implement the regulations. This work included organising a training workshop to help the leaders of relevant authorities set up a legal framework to implement the new

GWP in Action 2016 Annual Report

GWP in Action 2016 Annual Report

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GWP in Action 2016 - Annual Report  

GWP in Action 2016 - Annual Report  

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