18 July 2019

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Climate change is unstoppable, but its effect can be mitigated

Tashkent hosts the 6th European Union – Central Asia High Level Conference on Environment and Water Cooperation.

The meeting united the leading experts on environmental issues from Central Asia, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Latvia, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania, specialized UN structures, EBRD experts, heads of international think tanks.

The conference agenda includes mitigating the effects of climate change, reducing environmental pollution, attracting investment in infrastructure for supporting the green economy. Priority areas for cooperation between the EU and Central Asia have been identified.

 Uktam Utaev, The Deputy Chairman State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Ecology and Environmental Protection:

- It is very important that Tashkent hosts the event of such high level, as it was planned in 2015 at the previous conference. Our task is to analyze the activities of the cooperation platform and the working group, the effectiveness of ongoing projects. We discuss the concrete steps, like launching investment projects, attracting innovative technologies, adopting the best practices of environmental protection and water management. Meetings and bilateral talks were held with colleagues from EU. Particular attention is paid to the solution of environmental and socio-economic problems of the Aral region. This question was in the spotlight, it was talked about at high-level events. For example, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev announced at the summit of the heads of the founding states of IFAS in the city of Turkmenbashi an initiative to create a Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund for the Aral Sea Region under the aegis of the UN. Today we have also discussed the projects regarding biodiversity improvement in the basin of Aral Sea that are ready to be implemented within the Fund's framework.

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