Participants at the opening of the Green Economy Week - 2019

All events follow the slogan "Green Economy - Strong Regions - Sustainable Development of the Country". The Green Economy Week will last from 11 to 17 November 2019.

The week begins with an event dedicated to discussing the topic of promoting sustainable private sector development, climate change and adaptation to it. Participants from business associations, the private sector, the public and academic sectors, civil society and expert communities, international organizations, the media, and other stakeholders discussed climate change issues.

In the course of the discussion, individual participants shared ideas and available tools that help reduce potential risks and ensure adaptation to climate change.

The first event of the Green Economy Week was opened by the Deputy Minister of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic, Sultan Akhmatov. "The work on raising awareness of the private sector on climate change issues is very important. In this regard, appropriate measures in this direction are included in the Program for the Development of the Green Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic until 2023, which will be adopted by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic in the near future. And today's event also contributes to the implementation of this task. This work should continue on an ongoing basis," he said.

Santalat Zhumanazarova, head of the Agrarian Service Cooperative "Bozbu-Ata Bio" in Aksy district of Jalal-Abad oblast, said that having a permanent contract with European partners for the delivery of dried prunes, she faces many difficulties due to climate change.  She also noted the usefulness of organizing such discussion platforms, which will serve to create a sustainable system of information on climate change in the country.

Jenty Kirsch-Wood, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic said that air and water pollution has become the biggest environmental threat to the health of the Kyrgyz Republic.  “According to the Health and Pollution Action Plan of the Kyrgyz Republic of 2019, air and water pollution causes 4,500 premature deaths each year, making almost 14% of all annual deaths. The economic cost is also significant, causing losses in productivity estimated at between $24 million and $31 million. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease, acute lower respiratory tract disease and lung cancer are the death-causing diseases that are mostly associated with air and water pollution”, said Jenty Kirsch-Wood.

At the end of the day, a session entitled "Scientific Tourism: Exploring the Potential of Cave Tourism and Birdwatching" was held. The environmental problems of Kyrgyzstan pose a threat to the future sustainable development of the country, including the exhaustion of natural resources without creating effective alternatives, as well as the loss of basic natural ecosystems. During the session, the works to be carried out in order to avoid negative environmental manifestations in Kyrgyzstan were discussed:

-Involvement of civil society, community monitoring of the environment;

-Involvement of local communities in the promotion of tourism products;

-Identification of tourist zones and their development.

The impact of climate change on the development of the economy as a whole is becoming relevant for many countries. Kyrgyzstan is not an exception. Climate change is most felt by sectors such as the economy, agriculture, transport communication, and tourism. Most of all, these sectors have problems because of the lack of information, any serious analyses, including scientific ones. Therefore, the participants of the meeting spoke about the importance of informing all sectors of Kyrgyzstan about the risks and opportunities from climate change.

Events of the Green Economy Week are held by the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic in cooperation with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic. In total 37 events will be held throughout the country. 

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