COP26: Millions of Central Asia Require Sustainable Ecosystem

Publication date: 29 October 2021

Central Asia – The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) starts in Glasgow (the United Kingdom) on 1 November 2021.

The COP26 summit is a landmark for countries of Central Asia since they will voice their consolidated Statement for the first time in the history of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The civil society of Central Asia will articulate the single position on major climate issues of the region in the Central Asian NGOs Statement on Climate Change at COP26.

The Statement is developed by the joint efforts of the Central Asian NGOs under the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (CAREC) support. It urges the Governments of Central Asia to expand national and regional programs on climate crisis prevention in the region.

The Statement says that the Central Asian Governments - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan - must set more ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and actively promote the region’s interests through international climate commitments and processes.

Central Asian NGOs call on the authorities to set out working regulatory conditions favourable for renewable energy sources and to refuse from Nuclear Power Plants construction and fossil fuel subsidies.

The civil society believes the region may achieve climate sustainability by strong measures to restore soil fertility and preserve mountain, forest, pasture and water ecosystems. Central Asian NGOs consider it necessary to disseminate climate-resilient technologies at the state level.

The Statement underlines the importance of transboundary water resources, environmental and climate challenges and opportunities.

“We urge the Governments of Central Asia and the international partners in cooperation with stakeholders to reconsider current approaches to use of water and land resources, including outdated practices and infrastructures, as well as legal and institutional frameworks for the regional cooperation; and to design a new development paradigm of the region under climate change and other global challenges,” said in the Central Asian NGOs Statement on Climate Change.

Interview with Svetlana Mogilyuk, the Chairwoman of ECOM Public Association (in Russian)  


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