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News: August 2005

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IS LIABILITY FOR EVERY BIG COMPANY: HEAD OF CHEVRON OFFICE IN KAZAKHSTAN

In the frameworks of wide-ranging ecological “Earth is our common home” program, implemented by Chevron office in Kazakhstan, “Step towards nature” action for cleanup of the territory near “Medeu” sport complex was held last weekend. The representatives of NGOs, mass media, operational rescue squads of Kazakhstan Emergency Ministry and sport complex participated in the event. According to the organizers, such initiatives provide for environmental friendliness.

Environmental protection is a liability for every big company. I admire the beauty of Kazakhstan nature, and I am glad to join you today to contribute to maintenance of it, the head of Chevron office in Kazakhstan Gilbert Ankenbauer said. According to tradition, all the participants sang hymn “Earth is our common home”, specially written for this program, at the end of the action.

“Earth is our common home” is a long-termed ecological educational program of Chevron company. Its aim is ecological and cultural education of children and youth, support of young talents, environmental friendliness and active life attitude to conservation and well-balanced use of Kazakhstan biodiversity. The program includes practical actions for cleanup of mountain leisure areas, forest range planting, creation and development of eco-tourism zones.

Publication of educational and informative literature on ecology, including books about Kazakhstan national natural parks, is among the new projects of the company. The first edition will be devoted to national Ile-Alatau natural park. In this academic year the first grade pupils of Kazakhstan will be taught according to the tested integrated eco-economic “Our home” course, worked out on the initiative and under support of Chevron company.

Source: The Times of Central Asia, 22.08.2005

WORLD BANK SUPPORTS MANAGING FERGHANA VALLEY WATER RESOURCES IN TAJIKISTAN

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$ 13 million IDA grant for the Ferghana Valley Water Resources Management Project for the Republic of Tajikistan. Focused on the Soghd Oblast, in the northern region of Tajikistan, and the easternmost part of the multinational Ferghana Valley, the project will improve irrigation and drainage systems locally in Tajikistan, which will improve the capacity of irrigated agriculture and help to increase the income of the rural population. At the same time, it will reestablish the safety and improve the operations of the Kayrakkum dam and reservoir, thereby benefiting not only Tajikistan, but also neighboring countries. The Ferghana valley is an important region for Central Asia. With a total population of 11 million, 70 percent of whom live in rural areas, the valley spreads among Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan. The valley contains the Syr Darya River, which is the main source of water supply in the area. The valley’s principal water control feature is the Kayrakkum dam and reservoir located upstream from the Syr Darya. The collapse of the former Soviet Union led to degradation of the irrigation and drainage systems, resulting in an unreliable supply of irrigation water, drainage and water-logging problems, reduced soil fertility and crop yields, and a reduction in irrigated land.

Source: IWRA Newsletter, 22.08.2005