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News: February 2009

WORLD BANK LAUNCHES CENTRAL ASIA DEVELOPMANT MARKETPLACE 2009

The Central Asia Department of the World Bank and its partners announce launch of the Central Asia Development Marketplace 2009 and invites farmers’ associations, NGOs, businesses, academia, local governments, foundations, and other interested groups from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan to submit proposals for innovative projects under the theme of “Efficient Water Use in Agriculture”.

The Central Asia Development Marketplace idea is based on the successful experience of the global Development Marketplace (DM), which was first tested by the World Bank in 1998. The DM is an opportunity for the social entrepreneurs around the world to develop and give voice to innovative ideas for addressing urgent development challenges. Evolved out of the DM concept, the Central Asia Development Marketplace is conceived as “mini market” for innovative ideas held at the regional level.

The theme of the Central Asia Development Marketplace 2009 is Efficient Water Use in Agriculture. The issue of water availability and use has been historically very sensitive and controversial in Central Asia. The Central Asia Development Marketplace 2009 through a competitive and transparent process will help identify and fund innovative initiatives and projects that would have positive impact on water use and management by farmers.

Proposals should be submitted to cadm2009@worldbank.org or delivered to the World Bank office in one of the five countries of Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, no later than April 10, 2009. The proposals will be evaluated by the panel of assessors drawn from different parts of the development community who specialize on issue on water management. Selected finalists will be invited to present their ideas at the final event – Central Asia Development Marketplace 2009, which will be organized on June 9-10, 2009, where winners will be identified and awarded with grant funding.

The size of a Central Asia Development Marketplace award will not exceed US$ 25,000. Competition Guidelines and Proposal Form are available at http://www.worldbank.org/cadm2009 or at any of the World Bank offices in Almaty, Astana, Ashgabat, Bishkek, Dushanbe, and Tashkent.

Source: World Bank, 17.02.2009

47 MLN. SOMS ALLOCATED TO ENVIRONMENT IN 2008 IN KYRGYZSTAN

47 mln. soms were allocated in 2008 for tackling environmental problems in Kyrgyzstan, Abdymital Chyngojoev, state secretary of KR SAEP&F stated at collegial meeting on Saturday.

According to him the funds were directed for opening nurseries, collection of forest culture seeds and plantation of forests. “Besides that, part of resources were spent on reconstruction of treatment facilities: 6 mln. soms for repair of collectors in Osh, Karakol and about 10 mln. for the Issyk-Kul oblast”, he said.

However, members of the presidium stated that 10 mln. is not sufficient for the Issyk-Kul oblast. “According to our estimates reconstruction of treatment facilities around Issyk-Kul Lake demands $36 mln. soms”, they added.

According to the head of State Agency, Arstanbek Davletkeldiev, the ADB project to start soon on reconstruction of treatment facilities in Issyk-Kul oblast. “Donors allocate $20 mln. for these purposes, which will allow us to reconstruct many treatment systems in the oblast”, he says.

Source: 24.kg, 17.02.2009