ICI Projects KGZ-Water (2011 -2019)


The Project “Capacity Building of the Kyrgyz Republic on Son-Kul Lake status assessment for environmentally sustainable development (KGZ-Water/Son-Kul)” was implemented by the State Agency of Environment Protection and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (SAEPF) and the Finnish Environment Institute (Syke) under financial support of the Finnish Government rendered through Finland’s Water Management Programme in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (FinWaterWEI II).

The main Project Purpose  is the improved capacity of the Kyrgyz Republic to monitor comprehensively the Persistent organic pollutants from sediments, water, fish and bottom fauna as well as the physical and chemical characteristics of the water of Lake Son-Kul in order to assess the environmental status of the lake for following development of recommendation on environmentally-friendly and sustainable lake basin management.

Key results:

- Issyk-Kul territorial laboratory at Cholpon Ata was trained to be able to analyze persistent organic pollutants from water and sediments.  Kyrgyzstan’s capacity to report and contribute the Stockholm Convention on POPs enhanced through new analytic skills and quality assurance procedures.

- 2 new boats at disposal for monitoring of remote lakes.

Manual for public monitoring in Kyrgyzstan published.

- Informational System for Environmental Monitoring of Water Objects (ISEMWO)  was developed. The systems stores almost 5000 water analyses results. Water quality data can be visualized and assessed with a map application. The system is ready to be integrated with the other national informational systems.

At the SAEPF’s Laboratory in Cholpon Ata new PC equipment and local area network enhance data management.

KGZ-Water/Issyk-Kul Project (2014-2018)

The Project “Formation of decision-making system aimed at ecological and economic development of Issyk-Kul Lake’s territory, based on the results of environmental monitoring (KGZ-Water/Issyk-Kul)” was implemented by the State Agency of Environment Protection and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (SAEPF) and the Finnish Environment Institute (Syke) under financial support of the Finnish Government rendered through Finland’s Water Management Programme in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (FinWaterWEI II). 

The main goal of project’s activity was creation of system for reasonable environmental decision-making on the basis of pilot area - Issyk-Kul Oblast (Issyk-Kul Lake) through the improvement of environmental monitoring, especially water quality monitoring  and capacity building for environmental data use in the process of environmental policymaking.

Key results:

The key result of the project was the development of the Issyk-Kul area water quality and environmental monitoring programme, which leads the way for a modern nationwide environmental monitoring programme. The project facilitated the conceptual acceptance as well as the practical implementation of the monitoring programme through extensive capacity building in the field and laboratory work. The new skills and quality assurance procedures have notably increased the capacities of the Kyrgyz authorities to carry out the in-situ measurements of the key water quality parameters and to assess the status of water bodies – in essence the SDG 6.3.2.

- Tailor-made courses and extensive on-the job

- training for more than 100 experts;

- 8 thematic study tours to Finland to share international and European best practices in practice;

- Issyk-Kul area environmental monitoring programme set up for particular parts of water quality monitoring;

- The Laboratory Information Management System LIMS (DigiLab) supports the daily data management at the Issyk-Kul territorial laboratory at Cholpon-Ata.

- The LIMS-database is a vital part of the ISEMWO (Informational System for Environmental Monitoring of Water Objects) which has been developed in close cooperation with the KGZ-Water/Son-Kul project.

- At the SAEPF’s Laboratory in Bishkek new PC equipment and local network enhance the work. The use of LIMS institutionalized by an internal order in SAEPF.

- Proficiency and inter-comparison tests between Kyrgyz and Finnish laboratories to support systematic quality assurance work at the laboratories. New skills and tools to for defining uncertainty of analysis introduced.

- 300 pages of documentation prepared for the Kyrgyz Accreditation Center to seek accreditation for the Issyk-Kul territorial laboratory. LIMS validated in this context.

- A new motor boat for coastal monitoring. Biannual sampling missions executed by SAEPF.

- 3 deep water monitoring cruises at Issyk Kul Lake with the scientic research vessel “Moltur” of Kyrgyzhydromet.

- Various campaigns, demonstrations and events organized with NGOs to raise the awareness of local population and businesses.

- A Comparative Analysis carried out to assess changes in the fragile lake. The fresh indicator based Territorial State of the Environment Report of Issyk-Kul summarizes the results of monitoring and analysis.

Wide ranging collaboration with other stakeholders (e.g. Water Quality and Water monitoring Working group under Chu-Talas River Commission, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe OSCE, Kyrgyzhydromet and Public Fund and Voluntary Movement "Clean Issyk-Kul").

KGZ-Water Project (2011-2013)

The Project “Water Quality Monitoring in the Kyrgyz Republic (KGZ-Water)” belonged to the project portfolio of the "Strategic Cooperation Programme for Finland's Water Sector Support to the EECCA countries 2009-2013" (FinWaterWEI). FinWaterWEI is the programme under MFA's Wider Europe Initiative (WEI) with purpose  to strengthen Finland's development policy and cooperation. The cooperating partners fulfilling the project were the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry (SAEPF) from the Kyrgyz Republic and the Finnish Environment Institute (Syke) from Finland.

Key results:

-Joint Water Quality Monitoring Programme (JWQMP) has been developed and signed in December 2013 by the authorized representatives of SAEPF and Kyrgyzhydromet;

- Capacity of SAEPF’s specialist in terms of Indicator-based State of Environment Report preparation has been increased. According to the KR Government Resolution dated 7.08.2012 № 553 SAEPF should submit the National Report on the State of the Environment of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic before July 1 of the year following reference year on the periodical basis – one time per three years.

-Accreditation of EMA SAEPF’s laboratory in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025. For these purposes complete renovation of Lab facilities has been done in order to meet Kyrgyz National Accreditation Centre requirements;

- MUkit software has been Russianized;

- PC-based optical double beam Atomic Absorption Flame Emission Spectrophotometer has been procured and installed in Bishkek laboratory (EMA SAEPF) for determination of heavy metals.