The UN is implementing environmental projects in Central Asia

The UN is implementing environmental projects in Central Asia

The United Nations (UN) is implementing a number of environmental projects in the Central Asian countries. Some of the successful projects include an introduction of an early warning system for droughts in Uzbekistan, flood forecasting in Tajikistan, assessment of climate risks in Turkmenistan and various restoration programs for grazing lands in Kazakhstan. A project on effective water consumption was launched in the Akshi village in the Almaty region with the help of the UN.

A drainage system helps not only to cope with the rise of groundwater levels but also solves deficit with irrigation. For example, every spring, groundwater and rainwater are stored in collection ponds on the outskirts of the settlement. Farmers use stored water to irrigate fields and to water greenhouses. A school and a kindergarten in the Akshi village have been equipped with an installation which cleans water from impurities, bacteria and viruses and enriches the water with minerals. It is heated by a special water heater that uses solar energy.

BAKHYTGUL ELCHIBAYEVA, ACTING DIRECTOR OF FUND:

 - We have specially installed sensor mixers for children in the school and the kindergarten. They are equipped with buttons in two modes. This will save both hot and cold water.

This is a joint project of the UN and the European Union. More than US$1 million has been allocated in order to realize the effective use of groundwater and the introduction of the drainage system. In total, five energy-saving technologies were introduced in the Akshi village.

NORIMASA SHIMOMURA, UNDP RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE IN KAZAKHSTAN:

 - Finally, I have just seen the green technology centre just adjacent to this place where I have seen many proud people and villagers who are happy to learn and apply the knowledge they have just learned to do business.

In general, these projects are being implemented in five regions of Kazakhstan. The cost is estimated at over seven million Euros.