Abbreviated project report (July 1–December 31, 2002)


1. Informational campaign for NGOs and the media

  • Developed and distributed 100 copies of informational bulletins on issues related to persistent organic pollutants;
  • Informational packages were sent out to government and media agencies, NGOs, international organizations (UNDP, Medicines san Frontiers, Unicef etc.) and universities;
  • Information on POPs-related issues in Uzbekistan was distributed among participants of international conferences and seminars on ecological and health care issues; via e-mail broadcasts and informational networks (for example, Counterpart Consortium).

2. Exhibition of anti-POPs posters developed by children

3. Seminar on persistent organic pollutants

On November 8, 2002 a seminar entitled “Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants – possible implications for Uzbekistan” was organized in Tashkent.

The seminar was organized in cooperation with Uzbekistan’s State Environmental Protection Committee, Uzbekistan’s UNDP environmental program and the Center “Gender: innovations and development”.

Key objectives of the seminar included:

  • informing representatives of all interested parties about goals, objectives and provisions of the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) as well as about the current situation in Uzbekistan with respect to issues covered by the Convention;
  • generate public attention and attention of key decision-makers to POPs-related issues in Uzbekistan as well as to liabilities and benefits which Uzbekistan can gain if it joins Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants.

Representatives of various Ministries and agencies, Embassies, international organizations and media agencies took part in the event.

At the seminar a number of reports were presented covering current situation with POPs in Uzbekistan, results of research on POPs impacting the Republic of Karakalpakistan, scientific and educational aspects of POPs-related issues etc.

Seminar participants adopted a closing declaration. The document expresses concerns about continued POPs impacts on public health.

In the declaration participants of the seminar stressed that Uzbekistan’s national legislation provided for complete bans on application of all 12 POPs listed in the Stockholm Convention. However, issues related to persistent organic pollutants and related impacts on public health play a major role because of widespread uncontrolled application of POPs within last several decades (mainly, as agricultural pesticides). It is obvious that the need to join Stockholm Convention represents a key issues because by joining the Convention Uzbekistan will be able to attract investments for technological modernization, conservation of existing POPs stockpiles, development of polluted territories, recycling of POPs-containing wastes.

The resolution states “By joining the Stockholm Convention Uzbekistan will gain major additional benefits including reduction of public health risks and damage to ecosystems; resolution of ecological and social issues; as well as opportunities to receive additional financing for POPs stockpiles assessment and identification of ways to destroy existing stockpiles; stricter controls over illegal application of persistent organic pollutants outlawed in Uzbekistan; liquidation of existing POPs using most up-to-date technologies”.

Participants of the seminar called upon government representatives and other organizations involved in decision-making regarding persistent organic pollutants and other toxic substances influencing the environment and public health to support Uzbekistan’s accession to the Stockholm Convention.

Mr. Tito Syzdykov, Chairman of the Parliament’s Mazhilis (lower chamber) Ecology and Nature Use Committee believes that “Kazakhstan needs a wastes recycling law”.

Kazakhstan’s industry is geared towards mineral resources extraction and processing raising great concerns about accumulation of solid industrial wastes : currently there are more than 19 billion tones of solid industrial wastes scattered across the Republic.

Kazakhstan has accumulated more than 13 million tones of solid household wastes. Currently these wastes are not recycled and serve as a major cause of unfavorable sanitary-epidemiological situation particularly in large cities. There is an urgent need to design effective measures aimed at liquidation of solid household wastes.

Kazakhstan needs a governmental program and effective legal framework as well as tighter controls implemented by environmental protection and sanitary services. Industrial enterprises need economic reasons to recycle and prevent accumulation of wastes. Considering urgency of these issues development of the draft law “On industrial and consumption wastes” was included into Kazakhstani Government’s plan for legislative work. However, this draft law was removed from 2002-2003 legislative work plan because of unknown reasons.

In 2003 Parliament’s Mazhilis Ecology and Nature Use Committee provided for parliamentary hearings on wastes recycling issues and believes that stricter requirements have to be applied to non-ferrous metallurgy enterprises with respect to toxic wastes. It is important to design a legislative framework ensuring:

  • comprehensive use of mineral resources at extraction, processing and recycling stages;
  • increased liability of enterprises for heat pollution resulting from burning associated gases;
  • legal solutions for issues related to conservation of nuclear wastes.

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