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News: December 2010

SUSTAINABLE USAGE OF WATER RESOURCES IS KEY ELEMENT OF STABILITY IN ARAL SEA BASIN - U. SHUKEYEV

Source: KAZINFORM, D. Sikhimbayev, 15.12.2010

To date we face a serious challenge - to overcome the consequences of the Aral Sea ecological disaster. First Vice Prime Minister, member of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS) Umirzak Shukeyev has said it at a joint meeting of the donor community, the UN and the EU with the members of the IFAS in Almaty today.

The session was devoted to the results of the Coordination Conference of the Donors within the Third Aral Sea Basin Program.

"This is a preliminary condition of the long-term economic and social development and political stability of our countries. The key element of ecological stability in the Aral Sea Basin is sustainable usage of water resources which can be achieved through joint coordinated efforts of all countries of the region. Through recognition of interdependent importance of these problems for the future of our countries, the heads of the state-founders of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea set a task to the IFAS Executive Committee, the Interstate Commission for Sustainable Development and the donor community to development the Third Aral Sea Basin Program", U. Shukeyev said.

According to him, the goal of the Program is to improve the socio-economic and ecological situation in the Aral Sea Basin. Proceeding from the Joint Statement of the heads of state-founders of the IFAS adopted in April 2009 in Almaty, the IFAS Executive Committee has identified four priority directions of the Third Aral Sea Basin Program. These are promotion of integrated management of water resources, improvement of ecological situation, contribution to socio-economic development of the region as well as improvement of institutional-legal mechanisms.

"Under the support of the UN Economic Commission for Europe, the IFAS Executive Committee together with the World Bank, EU, USAID and other international organizations has developed a draft Program aimed at increasing efficiency of the efforts of the governments and donors through establishment of clear priorities, regular exchange of information, monitoring and assessment", he said.

CONSERVATION OF ISSYK-KUL LAKE BIODIVERSITY THROUGH DEVELOPMENT OF POND FARMS

Source: CARNet, 15.12.2010

A workshop on “Development of Pond farms for Conservation of Endemic Fish Species in Issyk-Kul lake” took place at a conference hotel of Kyrgyz Vzmorie sanatorium, Issyk-Kul.

The main purpose of the workshop initiated by UNDP/GEF “Strengthening Policy and Regulatory Framework for Integration of Biodiversity Conservation into Fish Sector” and held in partnership with the State Agency on Environment Protection and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic was to discuss the problems and legal aspects of fishery management. The workshop was participated by representatives of government bodies, local authorities, private sector as well as international organizations engaged in conservation of biodiversity of Issyk-Kul Lake.

In the course of the workshop Manager of UNDP/GEF project, Azat Alamanov presented goals and objectives of the project. Meeting participants in their turn told how they were using the experience in fishery development, which was obtained by them in Hungary.

A culminating point in the workshop was a presentation by Bektur Beketaev, Project Law Expert on legal aspects and problems in pond farm management. According to him these problems first of all demand elimination of contradicting and duplicating legislative acts, regulations and regulatory acts.

Kemelov Almaz, representative of business consultation program for development of small and medium-size business informed about the opportunities of consultation for support of private sector.

Ryspaev Akylbek, Fishery Development Expert, named the main problems in this area - lack of an algorithm for organization of fish farms, i.e.special farms which would provide quality fish material, as well as shortage of qualified specialists.

“Reducing pressure on Issyk-Kul Lake through development of pond farms, i.e. selling fish from these ponds will help to stop loss the lake biodiversity” – Akylbek Ryspaev said.

Askarov Ruslanjan, Director of “Zolotaya Rybka” Ltd. : “Main obstacles in developing pond farms are artificially created by state officials, who have their “own” interest”.

This workshop brought private businessmen working in fish farming together to discuss the common problems and share best practices and learned lessons in Hungary.

Additional information: Fishery in small ponds and water bodies nearby Issyk-Kul Lake will significantly reduce the pressure on it. These ponds occupy a total of 785 ha area. It has been estimated that production capacity of these ponds vary between 190 and 600 tons per year. This makes up 40-125% of average annual catch from 1965 to 2003.

The main purpose of UNDP/GEF “Strengthening Policy and Regulatory Framework for Integration of Biodiversity Conservation into Fishery Sector” is introduction of a biodiversity-friendly fishery regime , which includes development and improvement of national legislative, regulatory acts in terms of stabilization of endemic fish species of the lake as part of sustainable, viable and improved commercial fishery management. Stabilization will be achieved through limitation of existing fishery regime, control of alien species, as well as rehabilitation of endemic species population.