Agenda through to 2030
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).