6 Ensure environmental sustainability

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UNDP in Uzbekistan: Balancing agriculture with environmental protection is key to managing Uzbekistan's essential natural resources

When working to ensure environmental sustainability, Uzbekistan has focused its resources on integrating sustainable development principles into country policies and programmes, and on increasing access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. In recent years efforts have been made to implement programmes to improve energy efficiency, prevent land degradation, preserve biodiversity and mitigate the impacts of climate change.  

While per capita emissions of CO2 have been falling since 2004, ensuring the economy’s energy efficiency remains a key challenge. Other continuing priorities include developing the national capacity to manage forest resources, and improving water efficiency in agriculture. Ensuring access to safe drinking water and sanitation also remains a key priority. Official data indicates that in 2011 82.7 per cent of the population had access to safe drinking water, compared to 80.4 per cent in 2000. Achieving environmental sustainability in Uzbekistan will require the continued reform of energy and agricultural sectors, the adoption of a national forestry program, and additional measures to enhance water delivery and sewage systems.

UNDP's work in Uzbekistan

  • UNDP IN UZBEKISTAN: HOME GARDENS LIKE NAVRUZHON'S REPRESENT A SMALL BUT SIGNIFICANT STEP TOWARDS IMPROVING LAND QUALITY IN WESTERN UZBEKISTAN

    Gardens in the Desert
    New gardens grown on previously-infertile land

    For Navruzhon Alanova, her garden is almost a miracle. What was before a block of dry, loose sand, is now a fertile plot producing fresh fruits and vegetables for her family. more

  • UNDP IN UZBEKISTAN: THE COMBINED HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF ENERGY EFFICIENT CONSTRUCTION HAS HELPED ENCOURAGE ITS NATIONWIDE ADOPTION

    Better Buildings, Cleaner Environment
    Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings

    The ‘Promoting Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings in Uzbekistan’ project, conducted since 2009 in partnership with the State Committee for Architecture and Construction of Uzbekistan (Gosarchitectstroy) institute, has worked ceaselessly to reduce both energy consumption and the associated greenhouse gas emissions of Uzbekistan’s public buildings.more

1.11 years
remaining
until 2015

1990 2015
Targets for MDG7
  1. Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes; reverse loss of environmental resources
  2. Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss
    • Proportion of land area covered by forest and proportion of species threatened with extinction
    • CO2 emissions, total, per capita and per $1 GDP (PPP)
    • Consumption of ozone-depleting substances
    • Proportion of fish stocks within safe biological limits
    • Proportion of total water resources used
    • Proportion of terrestrial and marine areas protected
  3. Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation
    • Proportion of population using an improved drinking water source
    • Proportion of population using an improved sanitation facility
  4. Achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, by 2020
    • Proportion of urban population living in slums