Can Kazakhstan’s unprecedented floods be prevented in the future?

Source(s): Modern Diplomacy

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For its part Kazakhstan, Central Asia’s largest country, has already taken steps to help mitigate the impact of climate change, including adopting a strategy aimed at achieving carbon neutrality by 2060 last year.  More recently, in response to the floods, the Kazakh population united to provide relief to the affected areas through volunteer efforts and donations, while the government’s preventive measures protected 405 settlements across 14 regions, which house around 400,000 citizens, from flooding. 

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The first approach is boosting financial and technological support. Aside from supporting capacity-building efforts to strengthen local expertise, global partners (like multilateral banks) can support the country’s transition to green energy through renewable energy infrastructure development.

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The second approach is to improve climate adaptation and mitigation efforts. As we witness the increasing impact of climate-related disasters, it is clear that climate change impacts must be incorporated into water resources management to better prepare systemic plans for responding to extreme water events.

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The third approach is improved flood forecasting through stronger data collection and monitoring. To achieve the interconnected objectives, flood forecasting, including climate change modelling alongside hazard mapping and risk assessments must be undertaken across all provinces to generate more accurate hydrological projections and identify vulnerable areas.

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Hazards Flood
Themes Governance
Country and region Kazakhstan
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