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News: December 2010

RES FOR RURAL AREAS: SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SUPPLY AND REDUCED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Source: CARNet, 1.12.2010

UNDP “Promotion of Renewable Energy Sources for Development of Remote Areas in Kyrgyzstan” held a Consultation Board meeting and round table to discuss the draft regulatory acts on renewable energy sources.

These meetings were focused on the results of project activity achieved in 2005-2010 in partnership with the Ministry of Energy of the KR.

The second issue concerned the public awareness of promotion and use of renewable energy. This component has been implemented by the project under the UNDP Environment Programme, an implementing partner of which is the State Inspection on Energy and Gas under the ministry of Energy.

The meeting was attended by representatives of ministries, agencies, private sector and NGO, which are interested in developing RES as the energy sector in the Kyrgyz Republic.

During the meeting the goals and tasks of the UNDP “Promotion of Renewable Energy Sources for Remote Areas of Kyrgyzstan” and its experience in collaboration with local communities on RES development were presented to the meeting participants. Participants have also learned about the draft regulatory acts developed by the project and the prospects for development of RES in Kyrgyzstan.

Today RES will help to address to meet the energy and heat demands of population, epseically in remote areas of Kyrgyzstan and reduce the negative environmental impacts.

Additional information:

Currently Kyrgyzstan is experiencing huge difficulties with the energy supply. Despite the overall connection to power system (98%) unequal access to power services since 2000 has become chronic in Kyrgyzstan. The most affected by power supply failures are the remote mountain areas of Kyrgyzstan.

The main goal of the UNDP project is to speed up the power generation via RES. The project is funded by UNDP.

BISHKEK DISCUSSES INTEGRATION OF KEY ESD THEMES IN EDUCATION SYSTEM

Source: CARNet, 1.12.2010

30 November 2010 a round table on “Adaptation and Integration of Environmental Information Educational Packages into the Education System and Dissemination of Best Pract6ices in Central Asian Countries” will be held in Bishkek.

As protection of ozone layer is one of the issues which are important for conservation of life on Earth, and the country has pledged to implement obligations under the Montreal Protocol on Ozone Depleting Substances, Aarhus Convention, UNECE Strategy on ESD, it is high time to adapt and integrate the ESD issues into the education system, including the issues on protection of ozone layer.

Early this year UNESCO Cluster Bureau in Almaty supported the project of the Ozone Center in Kyrgyzstan, which focuses on adaptation and integration of informational and educational packages into education system and dissemination of best practices in central Asian countries.

In 2009 the Ozone center in KR at the request of Ozone Action UNEP DTIE has translated into Russian and published 2000 copies of the Educational Package for High School – Workbook for Teachers and Students, which have been sent to central Asian countries.

A series of workshops for teachers were conducted June-October 2010 in the regions of Kyrgyzstan to present and disseminate workbooks among schools in the country and UNESVO Associated schools in Kyrgyzstan.

The round table will be participated by specialists and experts in ESD area, representatives of scientific, academic, government and international organizations.

NATIONAL SEMINAR "STRENGTHENING INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND TRANSBOUNDARY WATER COOPERATION: THE ROLE OF UNECE CONVENTIONS AND OF THE EU WATER INITIATIVE NATIONAL POLICY DIALOGUE"

Source: UNECE, 1.12.2010

A two-day national seminar (Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 6-7 December 2010) on integrated water resources management and transboundary water cooperation is intended to discuss the role of UNECE Conventions in strengthening water management at national and transboundary levels and to lay the foundations for developing a National Policy Dialogue in Turkmenistan. The seminar is organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Water Economy of Turkmenistan in the framework of the programme "Regional Dialogue and Cooperation on Water Resources Management in Central Asia" financed by the Government of Germany through GTZ in the framework of the Berlin Water Process, as well as in the framework of EU Water Initiative and with additional financial support from Switzerland.