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  • Lead-organizer: Kyrgyzstan
  • 15:00 - 16:30
  • Date: 21 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-4

Initiatives of Central Asian countries toward greening their economies

Organizing partners

? Government of Kyrgyzstan
? CAREC
? DIW econ GmbH, Germany

Introduction

The overall goal of the Site Event is to strengthen the international visibility of the commitments of Kyrgyzstan and other Central Asian countries to global voluntary carbon reduction and sustainable development. Having developed unilateral mitigation activities in line with their economic and financial capabilities, CA countries are now engaged in developing NAMAs in different sectors of their economies in order to enhance opportunities to shift to a low carbon sustainable development path. The focus is on sustainable energy as well as on sustainable housing and sustainable agriculture & forestry. Thereby countries engage in ways of restructuring their national economies, which reduce pressure on the prevailing regional distribution conflict on access to energy and water resources.

The Side Event shall include the presentation of the concepts of NAMAs and green growth strategies, which are currently under development in this region.

Detailed programme

The Central Asian counties aim to share global efforts on climate change mitigation and on the elaboration and implementation of country and sector specific low carbon sustainable development strategies and programs in order to mainstream them into existing development strategies. Nationally appropriate mitigation activities (NAMA) in key economic sectors leading to new technology options and employment opportunities are seen as key for spurring this development. Furthermore, they help countries in using resources more efficiently, thus contributing to easing pressure on the prevailing regional conflict on access to energy and water resources.
Kyrgyzstan as well as the LDC Tajikistan, which is one of the poorest countries of Central Asia with a low carbon intensity due to huge hydro power, aim to reduce GHG emissions in centralized heat supply by introducing renewable energies as a major focus in their development strategies. All other countries are preparing NAMAs searching for international support in different sectors and by different types of programs fitting best to their national circumstances. In all countries, the focus is on sustainable energy as well as on sustainable housing and sustainable agriculture & forestry. As the Central Asian countries are pioneers in this field for countries in transition as well as for other countries in Asia and South-East Europe, the Side Event aims to be a platform for sharing the built knowledge to develop the new, low carbon sectoral strategies as well as the policies needed for implementation, getting all relevant stakeholders engaged for NAMA development and in building innovative stakeholder partnerships. In addition, within the process of NAMA development interregional cooperation between the Central Asian countries is being strengthened, and thus the NAMAs in development will contribute to enhanced interregional cooperation.

Thematic focus:
Share knowledge on and lessons learned from development of nationally appropriate mitigation activities (NAMAs) in order to spur country and sector specific low carbon and sustainable development strategies.

Speakers:
Representatives of:
? high officials from Kyrgyzstan (Minister/Deputy Minister)
? the governments of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan
? the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany
? CAREC (Central Asian Regional Environment Centre)
? DIW econ (German Institute for Economic Research)

Target Groups: Decision makers in the fields of environmental, economic policy and technical assistance, ministries/authorities, environmental experts, financial institutions, private business, NGOs.

Potential contribution to the outcome of UNCSD/Rio+20:
Declared commitment of Central Asian countries to greening their economies though the number of initiatives including the voluntary carbon reduction.
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