City Interventions

Integrated Development of Five Residential Areas in Bishkek

Country: Kyrgystan
City: Bishkek

CDIA SupportUS$ 500,000

Infrastructure sectorsMulti-sector

CDIA priority impact areasClimate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Environmental Improvement; Good Governance; Poverty Reduction

Key City Development Issues

Based on the recent survey of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), there are 47 informal settlements in Bishkek hosting between 18% and 30% of the city population of approximately 1.05 million. In almost all informal settlements, there is a lack of basic infrastructure facilities and a high level of under-employment. In response to these issues, the Mayor’s Office of Bishkek, with technical support from UNECE, has designed a program concept for upgrading five urban settlement areas that will serve as pilot sites for the sustainable development of the other 42 residential areas in Bishkek.

Details of Cooperation

The main objective of the CDIA-financed PPS was to provide technical and capacity development support to the city of Bishkek in upgrading five pilot urban settlement areas including the improvement of basic services (e.g., water supply, wastewater, and solid waste management) and the development of logistics centers to serve as hubs for job creation and economic development. The PPS was conducted in two stages: Stage 1 included an analysis of the city’s urban services, climate risk and vulnerability assessment, preparation of an institutional capacity development roadmap, and formulation of a long-term investment plan. Building on the outputs of Stage 1, Stage 2 entailed conducting pre-feasibility studies including financial and economic analysis, and preparing outline designs and safeguards due diligence of priority infrastructure and facilities.

Expected Development Impacts

The project will have a direct positive effect on public health through the provision of improved waste management and water supply in the five target areas. It will also have a component on local economic development and job creation to reduce migration and address the needs of the young and unemployed population. The logistics centers will be designed as green infrastructure facilities to showcase technologies and measures that will help reduce environmental impact and mitigate the effects of climate change.

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