Ensure environmental sustainability
Where we are
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.