5 Training Sessions Expected to Boost City Development Efforts in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
October 30, 2023
CDIA recently conducted five training sessions in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, which provided short-term capacity-building support to the city government and relevant entities in advancing their integrated urban development program.
The sessions formed part of the institutional and capacity development roadmap that CDIA prepared in line with its ongoing Integrated Development of Five Residential Areas in Bishkek Project Preparation Study (PPS).
The PPS prepared to feasibility level, infrastructure development projects that will bring about a better quality of life in the residential areas of Ak-Bosogo, Kalys-Ordo, Bakai-Ata, Rukhiy Muras, and Archa-Beshik.
The sessions focused on the innovative aspects of the project and the topics selected were based on an earlier training needs assessment conducted with key city stakeholders. Representatives from 12 departments from the Bishkek City Hall and other government entities benefited from the expertise and international best practices shared by CDIA’s consulting team.
On 11 October 2023, CDIA delivered the Training Workshop on the Pilot Program for Climate-Smart Water Management in Archa-Beshik. It was aimed at informing stakeholders of the challenges, benefits, and opportunities of implementing climate-smart water management, which encompasses a holistic approach to optimizing water supply and minimizing water losses. As it was proposed to be piloted in the Archa-Beshik settlement area, the session served as a platform for stakeholders to contribute their input to the project design. Furthermore, Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Senior Urban Development Specialist Massimo Petrone shared key lessons, benefits, and project insights from the Tashkent water supply initiative.
On 16 October 2023, the CDIA team conducted the training session on Integrated Urban Planning: Co-Constructing a Model for Residential Areas Development. The discussions focused on the foundations of integrated urban planning as applied to Bishkek, the tools and case studies of successful urban regeneration projects in other countries, and the processes and implementation arrangements necessary to boost economic activities in the residential areas.
In addition, an insightful lecture-discussion on Case Study: Master Planning of Kalys-Ordo was held with the guidance of Professor Tolobai Keneshov of the Kyrgyzstan State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture. The discussions revolved around the critical issues relevant to the development of the Kalys-Ordo residential area, delving into the concept of investment per hectare and proposing a model for development in the form of a master plan. The participants further explored the potential of scaling up the master plan to encompass all 42 residential areas in Bishkek, providing a momentous opportunity to shape the city’s future development.
On 19 October 2023, CDIA provided a training workshop on Climate Change Planning: Adaptation Pathways to enlighten the participants on the climate change impacts and the need for risk-based planning via systematic and context-based climate vulnerability and risk assessment (CVRA). A key deliverable of the session was mapping adaptation pathways through the conduct of a foresight exercise. It entailed the identification of the drivers of change affecting livelihoods, the envisioning of a future scenario in 2050, and the assessment of potential adaptation capacities and responses, among others.
Furthermore, CDIA consulting team leader Guillaume Josse engaged with students of the Kyrgyz State Technical University’s Urban Planning Department about the future development of their city, their current challenges, and the role of international cooperation projects such as CDIA in supporting Bishkek’s growth.
Overall, the five training activities received positive evaluations from respective attendees. One participant even expressed how the training activity has shifted her perspective of what a green open space should be: “I envision a park where mothers and their children can come and play in the grass and have a picnic. The training has helped me better understand the importance of an open green space for recreation instead of theme parks which are the typical main attractions nowadays.”
She further added: “I love seminars that bring people together, to think together for the better future of the city. The introduction of the ‘no-regrets’ adaptive strategy was very insightful and gave us hope for the future of Bishkek.”