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Campaign to Restore Kyrgyzstan’s Forests

As part of its ‘Green Heritage’ campaign, Kyrgyzstan has now pledged to plant six million saplings per year. Since its launch in 2023, the national campaign has already planted over eight million new trees. The announcement was made by First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Asein Isaev,  at the 19th session of the Forum on Forests on “Forest-based solutions to the triple planetary crises: A focus on people, science, technology, and finance,” at the UN headquarters on May 9. Between 2021-2023, Kyrgyzstan lost 2.56 kha of tree cover as a result of uncontrolled pasture causing overgrazing and desertification, logging for firewood, and widespread, illegal deforestation. In addition to highlighting the vulnerability of Kyrgyzstan's mountain forests, First Deputy Minister Isaev emphasized the urgent need to preserve the ancient walnut forests of Arslanbob. Covering over 600,000 of hectares, these unique forests in southern Kyrgyzstan are the largest in the world. The initiative is integral to consolidated efforts to preserve mountain and forest ecosystems and their biodiversity, and represents  Kyrgyzstan's commitment to the implementation of both the UN Strategic Plan for Forests for 2017-2030 and the Five-Year Action Plan for the Development of Mountain Regions for 2023-2027.    

Campaign to Save Bishkek’s Trolleybuses

A campaign has been launched to prevent plans by the municipality of Bishkek to replace its trolleybuses with electric buses. According to a statement issued by the Bishkek municipality, “the issue of transferring trolleybuses along with their contact network and traction substations to the cities of Osh, Kara-Balta and Tokmok for their further operation there, is under consideration”. A key objection raised by the Save Bishkek Trolleybus campaign is that since the five proposed electric bus routes will simply replicate the existing trolleybus routes, the city will lose its existing network of environmentally- friendly public transport that introduced in the Soviet era, has been operating for many decades. The Save Bishkek Trolleybus has now launched an online petition to preserve its favoured mode of transport. According to the group behind the new initiative, the reason for abandoning the trolleybus network relates to the fact that one of the conditions of funding by the Asian Development Bank for electric public transport in Bishkek , was the replacement of trolleybus depots with new depots and substations to recharge electric buses. Kadyrbek Atambayev, leader of the Social Democratic faction in Bishkek’s City Council, argues that Bishkek’s trolleybus system should be developed, not eliminated. Regarding cost, he emphasizes that electric buses are four times more expensive than trolleybuses. The price of 100-120 electric buses along with charging stations is $50 million, while in 2017, 52 trolleybuses were purchased for 7 million euros. He also drew attention to the fact that operating batteries during Bishkek's cold winters would increase energy consumption and reduce the efficiency of electric buses. In his opinion, the liquidation of the trolleybus system would mean not only the loss of a convenient and affordable mode of public transport, but also the loss of a significant part of Bishkek’s cultural heritage.  

Kazakhstan Forwards Water-Saving Technology

On May 6, the Kazakh Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation reported on measures being taken to encourage farmers to save and use water more efficiently. The move addresses Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s earlier criticism about the process of introducing water-saving technologies being “extremely slow,” with agricultural sectors in some regions, experiencing annual losses of water of 40%. According to plans set in motion by the ministry, by 2030, the installation of water-saving technologies will provide an annual saving of up to 2.1 cubic kilometres of water on 50% of the country’s irrigated land To date, subsidies for drilling irrigation wells have been increased to 80% of their costs, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, work is progressing to increase subsidies for the installation of water-saving systems from 50% to 80% of their costs. In adherence to the new Water Code, the state will provide subsidies and reduced tariffs for water supply depending on the extent to which water-saving technologies are used. Tariffs for irrigation water are set to be calculated according to the types of crops grown and the volume of water required for their production. The ministry is also working to digitalize 3,500 km of irrigation canals in the Almaty, Zhambyl, Kyzylorda, and Turkestan regions in the south of the country, which will improve water metering on 362 thousand hectares of irrigated land and enable a saving up to 600 million cubic meters of water annually.    

Kazakhstan Establishes Forest Protection Service 

On May 4, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Olzhas Bektenov signed a government resolution establishing a national Forest Protection Service. Administered by the Ministry of Ecology, the agency is tasked to enhance the efficiency of forestry institutions in dealing with emergency situations, including forest fires, as well as instilling a more scientific approach to subsequent forest rehabilitation and clearance. In addition to improving coordination between government agencies in the elimination of large-scale wildfires, the Forest Protection Service will ensure that personnel responsible for preventing and extinguishing forest fires are fully qualified. Machinery and equipment required for the job will also be updated and increased. Kazakhstan currently has 15 national civil defense services, including the Firefighting Service, Medical Service, Chemical Protection Service, Radiation Protection Service, and Hydrometeorological Service.  

Outcome of First Turkmenistan- UN Strategic Advisory Council Meeting

On May 3, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan hosted the first meeting of the Turkmenistan-UN Strategic Advisory Council. In addition to its approval of a Roadmap for the development of a new Framework Program for Cooperation in the Field of Sustainable Development between Turkmenistan and the UN for 2026-2030, the council discussed projects concerning youth policy, digitalization, demography, green energy, and climate change. Following the meeting, delegates signed official agreements on several projects. The Ministry of Environmental Protection of Turkmenistan and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO) pledged their commitment to ‘Enhancing capacities for climate-resilient water management’; the Ministry of Agriculture of Turkmenistan and UN FAO, on ‘Developing digital solutions for sustainable pasture management’; and the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan and UN FAO, on ‘Development of the aquafeed value chain and aquatic animal health management capacity’. The Government of Turkmenistan and the UN Development Program also signed an agreement on the procurement of products for the control of infectious diseases in 2024-2025 for the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan.    

Chinese Сompanies’ Generous Aid for People Hit by Kazakhstan’s Floods

Some fifteen members of the Association of Chinese Entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan have stepped in to provide generous aid for people badly affected by unprecedented spring floods that hit the country in April. In addition to funds totalling around 300 million tenge (over $675 thousand), the Chinese companies have donated special equipment, fuel, and other necessary resources. According to a report by Kazakh Invest, PetroChina International Kazakhstan and its subsidiaries donated more than 100 million tenge, JAC automobile concern and Allur,100 million tenge, and the Kazakhstan branch of Chinese oil and gas corporation Geo-Jade Petroleum, 70 million tenge. A donation of over 3 million tenge was made by Chinese grain company Xi'an Aiju to the North Kazakhstan Disaster Relief Fund, and the Chinese National Chemical Engineering Corporation and China Tianchen jointly contributed 1.7 million tenge to flood relief. JXC donated engine oil for 1.8 million tenge.    

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