UN Environment’s Chemicals and Waste Branch is to provide wide-ranging support to Kyrgyzstan in a bid to help reduce its intensive use of chemicals in agriculture, mining and energy.

As evidenced in Kyrgyzstan’s national development strategy and national energy programme, the country aims to secure economic growth through these sectors while doing so in a way that doesn't compromise the needs of future generations.

Following the end of the Soviet Union, many citizens took up farming without previous experience or training and so have used an excessive amount of synthetic products. Farmers’ yields are currently on the decline, as they rely almost entirely on chemical pesticides that harm soil fertility.

The new project starting this year will therefore help the country tighten legislation on chemicals, improve the exchange of information and national reporting and boost awareness on the safety of chemicals.

Trainings will be organized by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the ‘Independent Ecological Expertise’ Public Association and other partners for decision-makers, customs officials and other chemical focal points in Kyrgyzstan.

A system for national agencies to report progress towards complying with international conventions on chemicals will also be set up, ensuring that the Central Asian country complies with the treaties in a coherent way.

UN Environment hosts the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions on chemicals and waste and the Minamata Convention on mercury. Kyrgyzstan is a Party to the BRS Conventions which shares the objective with Minamata of protecting human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and wastes.

Funding for the work will come from the Special Programme. The project will be supported by the ‘Independent Ecological Expertise’ Public Association and UNITAR, among others.

For more information please write to nalini.sharma@unep.org or visit the Projects Database