Agenda through to 2030

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - WORLD -

Uzbek­istan was rep­re­sented at the fo­rum by the Chair­man of the State Com­mit­tee for Ecol­ogy and En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Bahrom Kuchkarov, who dis­cussed with his col­leagues the ur­gent en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Agenda for the pe­riod un­til 2030 adopted by the UN.

The an­nounce­ment of the year 2017 as the Year of Ecol­ogy is a land­mark event in the field of en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion - this was the main mes­sage of the speech of the head of Uzbek del­e­ga­tion at the Sochi fo­rum.

Kuchkarov de­scribed the re­sults of our coun­try’s ef­forts in this field on rock­hard ex­am­ples: “First of all, speak­ing of the devel­op­ment of a com­pre­hen­sive waste man­age­ment sys­tem, I note that over the past 9 months of this year, 14 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in Uzbek­istan have cre­ated clus­ters for the in­te­grated man­age­ment of solid do­mes­tic wastes with in­tro­duc­tion of tech­nolo­gies for their uti­liza­tion and pro­cess­ing on the ba­sis of pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship.

Sec­ond, in Uzbek­istan pri­or­ity is at­tached to the mod­ern­iza­tion of the en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem, which makes it pos­si­ble to take com­pre­hen­sive so­lu­tions to ex­ist­ing prob­lems.

Third, the op­ti­miza­tion of the sys­tem of ra­tioning, the cre­ation of fa­vor­able in­for­ma­tion and tech­ni­cal con­di­tions for the wide­spread in­tro­duc­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, low-waste tech­nolo­gies to­day are the pri­or­ity ar­eas of our ac­tiv­ity.

Fourth, we in­tend to strengthen ac­tiv­i­ties in the field of bio­di­ver­sity con­ser­va­tion. To this end, it is planned to de­velop a net­work of pro­tected nat­u­ral ter­ri­to­ries with the cre­ation of 17 new ones and the ex­pan­sion of the area of the ex­ist­ing pro­tected nat­u­ral ar­eas as a whole to more than 9 mil­lion hectares, which is more than 17% of the to­tal area of the ter­ri­tory of the re­pub­lic.

Fifth, to­day in Uzbek­istan there is a solid leg­isla­tive base in the en­vi­ron­men­tal sphere, which in­cludes about 30 laws and more than 150 by­laws. But we aim at strength­en­ing en­force­ment mea­sures. In this re­gard, we con­sider it nec­es­sary to pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to the devel­op­ment of eco­log­i­cal cul­ture of youth.”

A sep­a­rate topic was the Aral cri­sis. To­day’s Aral re­gion is an area with a com­plex set of en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cioe­co­nomic and de­mo­graphic prob­lems that have a global im­pact on the level of con­se­quences. Ac­cord­ing to Kuchkarov, the con­sol­i­da­tion of mu­tual un­der­stand­ing on the man­age­ment of trans-bound­ary wa­ter re­sources is rel­e­vant for all coun­tries of the Cen­tral Asian re­gion.

In 2018, Uzbek­istan plans to hold the Cen­tral Asian In­ter­na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Fo­rum in con­junc­tion with the Re­gional En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter for Cen­tral Asia. The goal is to ex­change in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions in the ar­eas of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, waste man­age­ment and con­ser­va­tion of bi­o­log­i­cal di­ver­sity.

A sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­na­tional event - the 3rd meet­ing of the In­ter­state En­vi­ron­men­tal Coun­cil of Mem­ber Na­tions of the Com­mon­wealth of In­de­pen­dent States has taken place in Sochi. It is an im­por­tant supra­na­tional struc­ture that ad­dresses is­sues of joint en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion of the CIS coun­tries, and also co­op­er­ates with the United Na­tions En­vi­ron­ment Pro­gram (UNEP).

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