Delegation of the European Union to Kazakhstan

EU and Ecojer association host an international climate congress "Shape a sustainable future" in Nur-Sultan

03/06/2021 - 12:20
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The event was held on the eve of the World Environment Day, as part of celebration of the 30th anniversary of Kazakhstan's independence. The organiser - ECOJER Association, supported by the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Kazakhstan co-hosted the Congress.

Yerzhan Kazykhan, Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan for International Cooperation, addressed to the participants on behalf of the Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

“The concept of sustainable development provides for the harmonious interaction of the "ecology-economy-society" triad, therefore Kazakhstan cannot postpone the environmental problem solving. I welcome establishment of a new dialogue platform that brings together the efforts of public, business and government aimed at solving the environmental problems and improving the environmental consciousness of population. I hope that the Congress meetings on the eve of the World Environment Day will become a good tradition,” reads the statement of Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev.

Lazzat Ramazanova, Chairperson of the Council of the ECOJER Association, Deputy of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, updated the topic and noted that Kazakhstan, just as the whole world, is vulnerable to the climate change impacts.

“A further rise in global air temperature may lead to irreversible processes in environmental media. That is why the Government is initiating systemic measures to decarbonize the economy and “green” the industry. The process will not be complete without political will and constant dialogue between the state, business and the public. This is what we need to strive for,” Lazzat Ramazanova said.

Janusz Wojciechowski, European Union Commissioner for Agriculture, believes that the climate problems cannot be considered in isolation from reforms in agro-industry. According to him, sustainable agriculture not only provides a real chance for small and medium-sized farms to increase their added value, but also makes a significant contribution to fulfilling climate commitments.

“We can efficiently produce agricultural products while caring for the environment, climate and household welfare. There is no contradiction in achieving these goals, and they should be considered together,” says Janusz Wojciechowski.

The development of measures to adapt Kazakhstan to climate change is on the agenda at the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan

“To enhance international cooperation and reduce negative consequences, the climate change adaptation norms have been incorporated into national legislation. This will create an effective system for building resilience at the local level. The implementation process will start with a full assessment of the most vulnerable sectors: water, agriculture, forestry and civil protection. As a result, sectoral government programs will be able to take into account climate risks and develop necessary measures to adapt to climate change at the national and local levels,” said Magzum Mirzagaliyev, Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for Environment, Ocean and Fisheries, at another point, announced the readiness for permanent cooperation between Kazakhstan and EU on the most important climate and environmental problems, as well as to ensure a global "green transition".

“The climate crisis, as well as the crisis of biodiversity and pollution are global problems that require immediate action. To ensure a global green transition, we must work closely together. I am strongly confident that today's conference will help to deepen cooperation between the EU and Kazakhstan on the most important climate and environmental issues that we all share,” Sinkevičius said.

The ECOJER Congress held seven panel sessions, where participants discussed climate cooperation between Kazakhstan and the European Union, the realities and prospects of "greening" the industry, as well as issues related to circular economy and "smart cities". In the meantime, participants deliberated on women's involvement in the environment, and presented a new Environmental Code. At the debate "Incinerate vs. Recycle", representatives of the Ministry of Ecology and environmental activists presented their pros and cons on the construction of incinerators in Kazakhstan.

The Congress resulted in adapting a resolution, which reflects the participants’ proposals and recommendations on achieving Kazakhstan's commitments under the Paris Agreement.

For more information, please, contact Dmitry Machel, Head of public relations at Ecojer Association, e-mail: d.machel@ecojer.kz

and Ms Elnura Abakanova, Communication Officer at the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan,  e-mail: elnura.abakanova@eeas.europa.eu @EUinKazakhstan