NEWS AND EVENTS
November 13, 2012
Priceless Riches of Uzbekistan: Biological Diversity
Program to create a network of protected natural areas, providing the most complete protection of available biodiversity of the country has been prepared in Uzbekistan.
It was noted at the press conference addressing the implementation of the national strategy and action plan for the conservation of biodiversity that was held in Tashkent by the State Committee for Nature Protection of Uzbekistan. It is an integral part of the five-year Program of Action for the Protection of the Environment getting implemented in the country.
“For to improve the system of protection of natural areas we involved in the process the Academy of Sciences and National University of Uzbekistan,” underscored Narimon Umarov, chairman of the State Committee for Nature Protection of Uzbekistan. “The academics recommended the measures on improving the activities of the areas and were given proposals through more efficient management of them to meet with the economic, environmental and aesthetic needs of local population. The scholars also estimated the environmental conditions of natural water bodies in Bukhoro, Jizzakh, Qashqadaryo, Navoi, Surkhondaryo, Khorazm regions, and Karakalpakstan. For those 32 fishery ponds have been designed passports, which will help improve their productivity. In Ustyurt with its major works on oil and gas prospecting, the scholars evaluated the state of the saiga population and proposed measures to its conservation. A number of biodiversity projects are being implemented with the support of UN organizations.
The most efficient protection of the environment will be provided, as it was stated at the press conference, by the Program of creating the network of protected natural areas. It envisages for the first time not only the expansion of similar territories, but also the inclusion into their list of the 16 unique landscapes. It will promote the development of ecotourism in the country.
After consultation with ministries and departments the program will be presented for approval by the government. (Source: Uzbekistan Today newspaper)