Umweltbundesamt supports Central Asian States

Environment and climate change projects in five Central Asian countries

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Vienna, 6 February 2018 – On 6-7 February, high-ranking representatives of the European Union, the Umweltbundesamt (Environment Agency Austria), international financial institutions and the environmental authorities of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are meeting in Brussels for the 7th meeting of the EU-Central Asia Working Group on Environment and Climate Change. The agenda of the meeting focuses on the progress achieved and the obstacles encountered in the implementation of the Joint Action Plan for Environmental and Climate Action in the Central Asian countries. The Action Plan aims at improving of environmental policy as well as capacity building in the environment ministries of these countries and joint cooperation efforts. The meeting is organised in the framework of WECOOP2 (Regional Coordination and Support for the EU-CA enhanced Regional Cooperation on Environment, Climate Change and Water), a project in which the Environment Agency Austria participates. The Austrian experts provide advice and know-how on issues of water, waste and climate change.

 

The Environment Agency Austria’s know-how is very much in demand in Central Asia. A recently signed Memorandum of Understanding links the Austrian expert institution and the Uzbek authorities and establishes a working framework for their collaboration in the fields of biodiversity, climate change and municipal waste management. Several workshops on water resource management in the rural areas of Uzbekistan in the year 2016 marked the start of the cooperation. In neighbouring Kyrgyzstan, the Austrian experts are supporting national authorities to improve air quality and protect forests under a Memorandum of Cooperation. With the authorities in Kazakhstan the Environment Agency Austria cooperates in the modernization of waste management, air quality monitoring and sustainable urban development.

The Environment Agency Austria in a Nutshell

 

With more than 500 staff members from 55 scientific disciplines, the Environment Agency Austria is the largest organisation of experts in the environment sector in Austria and a leading adviser in environmental matters. The Environment Agency stands for the transformation of the economy and society to ensure sustainable living and lays the groundwork for decision-making at local, regional, European and international level.

 

The Environment Agency Austria has an impressive track record of successful projects in more than 60 countries – from the new EU Member States to the Western Balkans, the Middle East, the Maghreb countries and Asia. It advises UN and EU institutions and works as a partner in more than 200 national, European and international networks, bodies, and working groups.

 

Further information:

Petra Kestler, Environment Agency Austria, Press Office, phone: +43 1 313 04 5432