International Water and Climate Forum "Balkhash - 2024: Challenges and Solutions"
It is aimed at uniting the efforts of civil society, scientists, cultural figures, government, business and the international community to jointly search for ways to preserve the ecosystem of the transboundary Balkhash-Alakol basin in the face of growing water, climate, environmental and socio-economic challenges.
The Forum will discuss practical actions of the state, local authorities and private sector to prevent ecological degradation, as well as innovative models of basin management based on the ecosystem approach and public participation.

The program will consider current and future strategies of major water users, as well as interdisciplinary interconnections of ecology, economy, history and culture of the region for joint actions to mitigate the consequences of increasing water scarcity, climate change, as well as for the development of green economy sectors, investment and tourism potential of the region.
  • 1
    Creation of a network of partners from the public, local
    and national executive bodies, scientists, cultural figures, representatives of international organisations and embassies in Kazakhstan to jointly care for Lake;
  • 2
    Decision of the Forum with a joint action plan
    for caring for the Lake and ecosystems;
  • 3
    Online publication of speeches and a collection
    of reports at the Forum;
  • 4
    Creation and launch of a permanent online
    platform - with collected
    information on data, research and news about the
    Balkhash-Alakol basin in ecological, economic,
    social and cultural contexts;
  • 5
    Promoting legislative, economic and social mechanisms
    for the preservation of Lake Balkhash.
Balkhash-Alakol transboundary basin
occupies a vast territory of 413 thousand
km2. The main water artery of the lake
is the Ile River, which originates in
China. The lake is characterized by high
biodiversity of flora and fauna and has an
impact on the livelihoods of more than 10
million people.
McKinsey’s expert group predicts Lake
Balkhash will lose up to 86% of its water
by 2046, if the lake’s problems continue
to be ignored and the issues of
preservation will not be raised and
solved at local, republican, regional,
and international levels.
The 14th largest lake in the world, located
in Central Kazakhstan, is currently an area
of social, economic, environmental, and
water crisis, where the scenario of water
use is reminiscent of the catastrophe of the
disappearance of the Aral Sea as a result
of anthropogenic impact.
Threat of basin degradation and recurrence of the Aral sea catastrophe

use of water
Inefficient management of the Balkhash-Alakol Basin
Transboundary issues on the Ile River
Land degradation
and desertification
Melting of the glaciers
and reduction of available water

Disengagement of people
and businesses from
problem solving
Growing risks of biodiversity loss
Climate change and
environmental conflicts


  • Prof. Nariman Kipshakbayev
    founder of water policy in Kazakhstan, Chairman of the Water Partnership of Kazakhstan
  • Rymkul Mashurbekova
    ecologist, expert on Balkhash-Alakol basin
  • Bulat Yessekin
    international expert in the field of climate change, water resources and sustainable development
  • Anar Tleulesova
    professor, hydrogeological engineer
  • Kulshat Medeuova
    philosopher, professor at ENU named after L.N. Gumilyov
  • Almagul Menlibayeva
    contemporary artist, curator
  • Daulet Kozhakov
    historian, director of the Balkhash Local History Museum


  • Aigerim Kapar
    initiator, co-curator of the Forum
  • Aigerim Tleubay
    initiator, co-curator of the Forum
  • Antonina van Lier
    project manager
  • Karlygash Akhmetbek
    visual director, designer
  • Aigerim Ospan
    art manager
  • Aruzhan Kaltay
    media manager
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