Central Asian Nations Collaborate For The Conservation Of Transboundary Biodiversity

The dialogue aligns with the World Bank’s Sustainable Landscapes for Central Asia (RESILAND CA+) program and three regional initiatives by GIZ. These initiatives foster friendly relations, economic collaboration, and social development among the participating countries.

A significant regional discussion on the protection of transboundary nature took place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on the 28th and 29th of November in a hybrid format. This event has brought together representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

The Ministry of Ecology, Environmental Protection, and Climate Change of Uzbekistan, in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the World Bank, and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), has organized this discussion.

The primary objective of this dialogue is to strengthen regional cooperation in biodiversity conservation and promote the exchange of knowledge. The dialogue aligns with the World Bank’s Sustainable Landscapes for Central Asia (RESILAND CA+) program and three regional initiatives by GIZ. These initiatives foster friendly relations, economic collaboration, and social development among the participating countries.

The dialogue emphasizes the importance of transboundary conservation as a crucial mechanism for the long-term survival of migratory species and the enhancement of protected areas.

The World Bank has expressed its support for the regional dialogue and concrete actions through the RESILAND CA+ program. Furthermore, the dialogue highlights the significance of a shared vision, political leadership, and public participation for the successful implementation of transboundary conservation.

The recent inclusion of Turanian temperate deserts in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites list underscores the increasing potential for nature protection in Central Asia. This recognition is a testament to the region’s dedication to preserving its unique biodiversity and natural heritage.

The exchange of ideas and opinions through dialogue provides a valuable platform for Central Asian countries to tackle the issues arising from ecosystems being divided by national borders, often influenced by different policies and governance structures. This presents an opportunity for these nations to come together and collaborate towards a shared objective of safeguarding and improving their mutual biodiversity.