EXPERTS IN TASHKENT DISCUSSED GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES OF CENTRAL ASIAN COUNTRIES

On 21 November, 2018, the international round table "Environmental challenges in the region of Central Asia at the present stage and in the future: search for joint solutions" organized by the center for research initiatives "Ma'no" and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Central Asia was held in the capital of Uzbekistan – Tashkent.

The main purpose of the event was to discuss the logjam of environmental issues of the region by the expert community, representatives of the academic community and analytical structures of the Central Asian countries, exchange of experience in combating the degradation effects of anthropogenic character, as well as to develop recommendations for their joint solution.

Among the well-known experts and practitioners, representatives of international organizations, such as the international Fund for saving the Aral sea, the Turkish Agency for cooperation and coordination under the Government of the Republic of Turkey (TIKA), senior researcher of the service of geopolitics and regional studies of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Elbasy Osman Dosov took part in the round table.

He made a report "Land Degradation: the state of Kazakhstan and recommendations for the formation of regional cooperation in this area". Summing up, O. Dosov said: "The region of Central Asia, despite the differences of the states included in it, is characterized by a commonality of problems. One of the important issues is soil degradation, which does not know state borders and is a headache for all countries. In this regard, the solution of soil-related problems is impossible without the cooperation of the efforts of all Central Asian countries and requires specific actions in the interests of the common "Central Asian house".  

At the end of the round table, the participants agreed that the environmental problems associated with water, air and soil, in addition to interconnectivity and mutual influence, have a multiplier effect with a direct negative impact on the economies of Central Asia. At the same time, there is a need for closer cooperation between the countries of the region, within the framework of which it seems appropriate to involve in such round tables and conferences the leading information and analytical structures that provide analytical materials to the Heads of states of Central Asia.