Kyrgyzstan will have “green villages”

Mar 13, 2015

Wind power generators. Credit: Flickr / Conor Duprey-Neary

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – On March 12, 2015 UNDP officially launched the Jashyl Ayil initiative (Green Village) under which a number of projects will be implemented in two pilot villages of Naryn oblast using the “green technologies”. The initiative is aimed at promoting environment friendly technologies in rural areas of Kyrgyzstan such as the renewable energy sources, drip irrigation, greenhouses, energy efficient buildings and technological processes.

Representatives of the Ministry of Energy and Industry, Ministry of Agriculture and Melioration, State Agency on Environment Protection and Forestry, State Agency on Local Self-Governance and Interethnic Relations, NGOs, international experts from Istanbul Regional Hub and UNDP in Croatia attended the presentation.

In his welcome speech the State Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Industry Batyrkul Baetov expressed the hope that the initiative will help improve the well-being of Kyrgyzstan’s rural communities through promotion of renewable energy sources.

“We can not ignore the needs of rural people, who lack access to sustainable energy services. I hope that our joint steps with UNDP taken in this area will serve both economic and environmental prosperity of our villages”, he said.

The sustainable green development model will be piloted in in two communities of  Naryn oblast, where a number of UNDP projects will join forces, including projects dealing with area-based development, aid for trade, poverty and environment, sustainable energy and developing small hydropower.

Christoph Henrich, UNDP’s consultant on sustainable energy made a presentation on challenges and opportunities of sustainable energy in Kyrgyzstan and noted that the country, which generates 80% of its energy from hydropower and only 1,1% from small hydro power plants, has a huge potential for use of  renewable energy.  

It is expected the “green village” initiative will become a part UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, which sets three interlinked objectives to be achieved by 2030: providing universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

The concept idea was developed by UNDP Environment and Energy Dimension and Naryn Area-Based Development Office with technical support of Asian Institute for Environmental Research and Energy (A.NERGY). The UNDP Regional Office in Istanbul will provide the consultation support in implementing the concept.

Contact information:

Vladimir Grebnev, UNDP “Environment for Sustainable Development” e-mail: vladimir.grebnev@undp.org

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