Strengthening regional cooperation platform – CAREC meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and parliamentarians of Uzbekistan
November 7, 2016, Iskandar Abdullaev, Executive Director of CAREC met with Boriy Alikhanov, Vice Speaker, Chairman of the Committee on Environment and nature protection of the Legislative chamber of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The representatives of CAREC, Ecomovement and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan along with other parliamentarians of the Legislative chamber attended this meeting. The goal of this meeting was to discuss the Road map on how parliamentarians and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can interact on issues related to environment and nature protection.
Meeting participants discussed matters of joint collaboration. In particular, I. Abdullaev made presentation on CAREC activities. Upon received information, B. Alikhanov was interested in CAREC projects that are being implemented in Uzbekistan and the possibility for Uzbek NGOs to be involved in them. It was mentioned that there are over 100 environmental and over 200 medical NGOs in the Uzbekistan as of today.
Parties of the meeting also discussed an ability of CAREC to provide assistance on assessment of new draft laws on environment and nature protection.
In conclusion, parliamentarians spoke about the opportunities of future collaboration and plans for 2017, proposed to have joint events on national, regional and international levels on biodiversity, waste management environmental education. The representatives of Ecomovement expressed their readiness to support CAREC events in Uzbekistan as well as to provide media coverage for joint activities.