Effective partnerships help to resolve environmental protection issues

13 Jun 2014

imageConsequences of climate change. Credit: Aigul Bolotova / UNDP.

Representatives of the State Agency on Environment Protection and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the UNDP Environment and Energy Dimension met in late April to coordinate actions and address the urgent issues in the field of environment and energy. Such meetings became traditional since 2013 and serve as a platform for effective exchange of information and taking certain decisions.

Participants of the meeting reviewed latest progress of two UNDP projects: “Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings”, funded by the Global Environment Facility and the “Climate Risk Management”.

Spending on energy efficiency saves money

According to coordinator of the project on improving energy efficiency of buildings Elena Rodina, they met almost all objectives within the project which is completing this year. One of the highlights of the project was construction of a pilot energy efficient school for 850 students in a new settlement of Osh city in south Kyrgyzstan. “During the heating period of 2012-2013 its heating costs amounted to 600,000 soms, while other similar schools spent about 2.5 million soms, so it turns out that an energy consumption reduced by 53 percent”, - noted Elena Rodina.

The project experts also developed energy efficient measures of integrated approach in designing buildings, construction norms, including energy efficient technologies, training programes for construction engineer majors of the Kyrgyz- Russian Slavic University and Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture.

Moreover, as part of the project, experts developed a do-it-yourself manual on warming houses. It contains information about heat-shielding materials available in the market of Kyrgyzstan, methods and rules of thermal protection of buildings. It is meant to help every resident who wants to save on electricity consumption, as each such resident indirectly contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions.

Examples of adapting to climate change from Suusamyr

Activities of the project on climate risk management are aimed at strengthening the resilience of livestock to climate change. The project helps to develop capacity of local government representatives and farmers in reducing risks associated with adaptation to climate change and reduce emergencies related to climate.

“The pilot area of the project is Suusamyr village district. Experts of the project assessed climate risks in Suusamyr valley and these assessments were integrated in to the electronic pasture management system”, says Zhyldyz Uzakbaeva, head of the project.

Another objective of the project is reduction of epizootic risk through strengthening veterinary controls on biological waste disposal and maintenance of a full range of veterinary services and construction of biothermal storage pits, veterinary office.

In order to establish an early warning system and provide timely forecasts for pasture users, UNDP installed an automatic meteorological station in Susamyr valley.

“These meetings will help us to coordinate further steps, inform about progress in projects, as well as to adjust our joint actions and improve implementation. For example, we are thinking of using the electronic pasture management system to manage forest resources”, - says Director of the State Agency on Environment Protection and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic Sabir Atadzhanov focusing on application of best practices and lessons learned.

Inclusion of “e-management system in forestry” in policies and practices will allow the State Agency to improve the management and monitoring, as well as conserve forest ecosystems.

The main objective of UNDP’s Environment for Sustainable Development Programme is to integrate in practice and national strategic documents approaches of sustainable management of the environment, energy and natural resources in the Kyrgyz Republic.