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The Contribution of NGOs

Botschaft Usbekistan, July 21, 2016

Saidrasul Sanginov, Deputy Chairman of the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan:

The involvement of public organizations in nature protection has been intensifying year by year along with the contribution of government agencies. Founded in August 2008, the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan has been consistently implementing its core policy objectives under the motto ‘Healthy Environment - Healthy People’. We see it important to further catalyze the activity of environmental NGOs in fulfillment of the requirements of environmental legislation, their participation in monitoring the environmental situation in the regions, as well as defining the role and place of civil society in this process, and building a legal foundation for their participation in the implementation of important state programs on environmental protection.

Ways to Address Environmental Problems

Sergey Samoilov, Member of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis:

A strategic priority in the further solution of ecological problems and provision of environmental security of the country should first of all focus on improvement and further implementation of the economic mechanism of environmental management, as well as the interaction between state agencies at different levels and nature users, the inclusion of environmental requirements in the procedure of evaluation of the socio-economic effectiveness of managerial decisions. Secondly, we should bring the level of environmental pollution to ecological, hygienic and sanitary standards throughout the country, utilize natural resources rationally and comprehensively, including water, land, mineral, biological resources. Thirdly, we need to take integrated measures to localize, rehabilitate and improve the situation in the area of ecological disaster - the Aral Sea region, as well as in other areas of the country. Finally, we should develop and streamline the ecological education, public culture and education, as well as bolster cooperation with the international community in addressing environmental problems.

Funding Increases

Haniya Asilbekova, Department Head at the State Committee for Nature Protection of the Republic of Uzbekistan:

Uzbekistan runs its national Red Book, regularly conducts research and analysis of the state and the number of rare and endangered species. The changes are registered in the country’s major list of flora and fauna. Since 1991, the Red Book was reprinted four times. The fifth edition is currently being prepared for the release.

Medium-term national environmental action programs on environment protection are seen as an important tool of environmental policy. They cover a big range of issues and are aimed at ensuring environmental stability and security, and sustainable use of natural resources.

The government is increasing funding for these programs. In 2008-2012, the total amount of funds channeled into the implementation of the state environmental program amounted to more than $640 million, while the program for 2013-2017 envisages allocation of nearly $2 billion.

Information Center Created

Tatyana Potanina, Head of the NGO Rodnichok:

Our organization has been engaged in environmental education of the population. The financial assistance of the Public Fund for Support of NGOs and Other Civil Society Institutions of the Oliy Majlis has empowered us to carry out a project on the establishment of the youth environment information center, which involved eight communities of the Tashkent region.

The young coaches who will raise people’s awareness about the ongoing measures on nature protection in our country are the main outcome of the project. The outreach activities will be carried out in citizens’ assemblies and educational institutions.


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