The Central Asian countries and South Korea will jointly solve environmental issues

The Central Asian countries and South Korea will jointly solve environmental issues. The main priority will be given to combating desertification and water shortages. This was agreed by representatives of Ministries of Energy and Agriculture of the region’s five states at a seminar in Seoul. According to information provided by the Kazakh delegation, over the past 100 years, the air temperature has increased by almost 1.4ºC in Kazakhstan. Until 2050, scientists predict an additional increase by four degrees. Volumes of water resources in the last 40 years have decreased to 91 cubic kilometres. President of the Korean Society for Climate Change Studies, Woo- Kyun Lee, highlighted that the environmental issues can be solved by training specialists in climate change and the professional exchange of experience.

WOO-KYUN LEE, PRESIDENT, KOREAN SOCIETY OF CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH:

 - The climate of the Central Asian countries, including Kazakhstan, is dry and because of climate change, it is becoming more arid. In the 1960s, Korea was experiencing difficulties due to a shortage of forests and as a consequence, experienced difficult times of drought. In order to overcome difficulties, we created an infrastructure and a support system for it. For this purpose, the state allocated funds and trained qualified personnel.