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On 23 October 2013, the Uzbek-Singaporean two-day workshop "Exchange of experience in the development of ecotourism and renewable energy, improving the environment and up-grading environmental law" started its work at Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan. The training for journalists, ecological NGO’s and students was initiated and organized by Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan, its Deputy group in the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan and Singapore Environment Council in the network of Memorandum of cooperation signed by SEC and Ecomovement in April, 2012.

The purpose of the workshop – to study the experience of the Republic of Singapore in national legislation that operates to regulate the interaction of population and the natural environment, also, the development of alternative energy sector and ecotourism infrastructure and service. The other purpose is to promote experience of Uzbek and Singaporean NGO’s in these fields and to meet the requirement in ecological information for civil society actors and national mass-media in network of 13th Republican environmental journalism contest.

February 12th at the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Melioration held ceremony summing up the contest “The best idea for Adaptation to Global Climate Change 2012” inter students and masters of higher educational institutions of the country, organized jointly by the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan, Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan, State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Nature Protection, the StateCommittee for Communication, information and telecommunication technologies, centre of HydrometeorologicalService at Cabinetof Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Uzhydromet), National Association of NGOs of Uzbekistan and Eco-Forum of NGOs of Uzbekistan with the support of the British Council in Uzbekistan and Tashkent city Committee for Nature Protection.

The goals contest is to raise awareness of future specialists in different fields to adapt to climate change; use of the creative potential of students youth in ecological problems; increase quality continuous ecological education and education for sustainable development. The statute of the contest is fixed, that the working languages of the contest are Uzbek, Karakalpak and Russian languages.

The contest attracted more than 100 students and masters of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, Andijan, Jizzakh, Kashkadarya, Namangan, Syrdarya and Fergana regions and Tashkent. Contest works have been presented in the form of projects, papers, presentations, reports, scientific publications, etc.

1993 – 2013: 20 Years EuroBirdwatch:

For the Migratory Birds and Their Flyways

Largest Birdwatching Event in Europe: Save the Migratory Birds

Over the past weekend, more then 19.000 of adults and children took part in more then 900 events in 30 countries in Europe and Central Asia (which took part in reporting until Sunday 19:00 CET) to watch the fascinating migration of 2,4 millions birds to their wintering areas in the South. For the 20th time already, the public was invited by the national organisations of BirdLife International to observe this spectacle of nature. To survive, the migratory birds need good breeding conditions in the North, save stopovers on the flyway and good conditions in the wintering areas.

The national partner organisations of Birdlife International took the opportunity of the 20th anniversary of the event to raise awareness on bird migration and promote needed actions to save threatened bird species and their habitats.

On 28 February 2012, a round table meeting was held in the capital of Uzbekistan devoted to the subject of “Current status of utilization of alternative and renewable energy sources in the country and development outlook”. The meeting was organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan and the Alternative Fuel and Energy Enterprises Association. The event was participated by enterprises and scientific institutions working in this field as well as representatives of international organizations and mass media workers.            

As highlighted during the meeting, the world reserves of natural gas and oil are depleting, attracting more attention to expanded use of renewable energy and alternative types of fuel. Experience in utilizing wind and solar energy accumulated during the recent years in Germany, US, Denmark, Holland, Japan, South Korea, China and a number of other countries is being studied carefully.           

Our country has rich opportunities for energy generation using alternative sources. The number of sunny days in a year in Uzbekistan is more than 300, and this energy can be effectively utilized. Taking into account wind diversity throughout the territory of the country’s regions boosts potential of alternative energy sources even further.

April 20, 2013 in the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan held a press conference following the shooting of two documentaries films: “Open your eyes” and “Uzbekistan: Crossroads of Civilizations”, dedicated to environmental issues in Central Asia.

The event was attended by members of the parliamentary group of the Ecomovement of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis, representatives of ministries and departments, representatives of NGOs, specializing in solving problems of ecology and medicine, and mass media workers.

Originally planned to shoot two films telling about the social life and the ongoing development processes in Uzbekistan. The group of filmmakers included the president of AQ International Salvatore Cacciola, research associate Italian Institute for water research Stefano Fazi, journalist operator, representative of the Italian television “RAI” Giuliano Salvatori.

The film “Open Your Eyes” is dedicated to the tragedy of the disappearing Aral Sea and the harmful effects of industrial emissions State Unitary Enterprise (SUE) “Talco” on the environment and human health. In preparation for this film crew visited the “graveyard of ships”, sandy bottom of the Aral Sea, where the plantations haloxylon and local water bodies, the so-called wetlands – lake Sarybas, Zhiltyrbas and others to reduce salt dust transfer from the bottom of a dried-up sea, fisheries development and create the appropriate climate for environmental mitigation tragedy. Also recorded interview residents Muinak, previously worked on the ships of the Aral Sea flotilla.

UNFPA’s Report Launched in Uzbekistan Looks at People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion Tashkent, 15 November 2011—United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launches its flagship report, The State of World Population 2011. This year’s Report highlights an important milestone of the world reaching 7 billion people that was marked globally in October 2011. “With planning and the right investments in people now—to empower them to make choices that are not only good for themselves, but also for our global commons—our world of 7 billion can have thriving sustainable cities, productive labour forces that fuel economies, and youth populations that contribute to the well-being of their societies,” says UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin in the foreword of the report, entitled People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion.  Globally, population has doubled since 1968 and grown by almost 40 per cent since reaching 5 billion in 1987, an event that led to the first World Population Day. Growth will continue at least until mid-century despite dramatic declines in the average number of children per woman, according to the UN Population Division.

 Individual decisions determine global population growth. However, some 215 million women in developing countries lack access to effective family planning.  Working to ensure that every child is wanted and every childbirth is safe will lead to smaller and stronger families and more opportunities for women. People under 25 make up 43 per cent of the world’s population, but the percentage reaches 60 per cent in the least-developed countries. When young people can claim their right to health, education and decent working conditions, they become a powerful force for economic development and positive change.

16-17 April 2013, 21st OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum: Second Preparatory Meeting held in Kyiv (Ukraine).

The Economic and Environmental Forum is the main annual event in the OSCE's second dimension. In 2013, under the Ukrainian OSCE Chairmanship, the 21st Economic and Environmental Forum will focus on "Increasing stability and security: Improving the environmental footprint of energy-related activities in the OSCE region".

The Forum process is meant to stimulate deeper political dialogue among the OSCE's 57 participating States. This year, the Forum will aim to renew and deepen the OSCE’s political commitments and engagement in promoting environmentally sustainable energy management. Representatives of national and international institutions, NGOs, academia and the business community will join their efforts throughout the Forum meetings in order to reinforce the role of the OSCE in the promotion of good governance and its support for the fulfillment of the aforementioned commitments.

In 2013, the First Preparatory Meeting was held on 4-5 February 2013 in Vienna. The Concluding Meeting, scheduled to take place in Prague on 11-13 September 2013, will build on the results of the two preparatory meetings.

Your Excellency,
We have been induced to address you with this letter because of the ambiguous statements of the Member of the European Parliament Mr. Stevenson regarding the construction of the Rogun HPS (HYDROELECTRIC POWER STATION) in Tajikistan. On behalf of European Parliament he repeatedly acted through Tajik’s Mass Media in favor of implementation of this rather disputable hydropower project in the riverhead of Amu- Darya.
Owing to the rash policy of the former Soviet mode on regulation of natural drain of the most ancient rivers of Central Asia – Amu-Darya and Syr-Darya by building the range of hydroelectric complexes in 70-th -80-th of the last century, we started to witness the disappearance of one of the largest closed reservoirs in the world - Aral Sea. Civilization has not faced such case during its history yet: perishing of the whole sea in front of eyes of one generation!
Inhabitants of the Aral Sea area are seriously concerned by possibility of the further aggravation of environmental condition in our region owing to building of new enormous dams with HPS (HYDROELECTRIC POWER STATION) on the upper-streams of two great rivers.  The construction of Rogun HPS with its enormous dam of height 335 m. site pertains to the number of such disputable projects. Building of the given object and its exploitation in a power mode will lead to sharp deterioration of maintenance of potable water in the river basin of Amu-Darya. As a result about 18 million people will suffer from deficiency of water in the lower reaches of the river, the environmental and socioeconomic situation in the Aral Sea area will sharply impact.