On September 11-12, 2018, Almaty (the Republic of Kazakhstan) hosted an international conference on housing management, maintenance and modernization in Central Asian countries.
Irina Gentzler, IUE, Urban Economy Director, who works on UNDP project in the Republic of Kazakhstan as a consultant, made a presentation on current trends in management of multi-unit residential buildings in the UNECE countries. Irina Gentzler highlighted common challenges in management of multi-unit residential buildings faced by transition economies. The speaker also informed the audience on the best practices in transition to a market economy, demonstrated by Central Europe and the Baltic States, as it pertains to housing management issues. The expert concluded by giving emphasis to regulation challenges and provided general guidelines on how to improve the situation in post-soviet countries.
The main purpose of the conference was to discuss and share the best practices, and exchange the experiences learnt in housing management and maintenance, energy efficient renovation of housing stock, and also to raise awareness of decision makers, experts, and the general public about affordable and economically reasonable measures related to housing stock maintenance and management.