Central Asian countries are planning to strengthen multilateral cooperation in tackling global environmental challenges, such as the increase in energy and water consumption, high waste volumes and climate change.

ZULFUKHAR ZHOLDASSOV, SPOKESMAN, KAZAKHSTAN’S COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL:

 - We have fully integrated into the international community and undertaken commitment regarding greenhouse gases and atmosphere, water, biodiversity and migration of the Red Book animals. We have agreements in all areas. Our work is progressing and we share experiences.   

Countries in the region pay special attention to the issues of water resource management. For example, special working groups are conducting water analysis in the Shu-Talas water basin as part of Kazakh-Kyrgyz cooperation.

INDIRA AKBOZOVA, SPOKESPERSON, SECRETARIAT OF KAZAKH-KYRGYZ COMMISSION FOR WATER MANAGEMENT:

- Our current work is aimed not only at the amount of water, but on its quality as well. We have established working groups on environmental protection, adaptation to climate changes and long-term action programs. We can say that the Shu-Talas commission’s experience will be an example for other trans-boundary cooperation efforts.     

The annual Central Asian International Environmental Forum is another testimony of the close cooperation between the regional countries in environmental protection. The forum will be held in Tashkent this year with an attendance estimation of over 250 delegates from Central Asia, Europe and Asia. Representatives of United Nations are also expected to attend the forum.

SAIDIKRAM NIYAZKHOJAYEV, UZBEK AMBASSADOR TO KAZAKHSTAN:

- We will hold several events including the exchange of opinions and finding the source of funding as well as the implementation of a project involving large companies that will contribute to the improvement of the ecosystem.

In addition to that, an exhibition on eco technologies will also be held for the first time.

ZULFUKHAR ZHOLDASSOV, SPOKESMAN, KAZAKHSTAN’S COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL:

- There are many implemented environmental projects on water, wastes, atmosphere and biodiversity. It is a wonderful platform where irrespective of our borders in Central Asia, we can fully study the region’s environmental condition in all areas.  

The established Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia helps the regional countries to implement new technologies and apply innovative environmental methods and developments.

SHYNAR TOYLYBAYEVA, HEAD OF KAZAKHSTAN OFFICE, REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER FOR CENTRAL ASIA:

- We are working on the trans-boundary water management cooperation and the climate change issues. As part of the Paris Agreement, we help the countries to work on energy efficiency, green economy as well as the environmental protection policy.

The Central Asian countries are planning to attract international scientists and environmental experts to work on an effective environmental protection strategy. The countries also plan to adopt the advance experience of foreign countries. The priority areas of the strategy include the rational use of water resources in the region, introduction of the drip irrigation system for industrial purposes and the transition to alternative sources of energy. 

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