On 24th of January 2023 in the Ministry of Natural Resources (MoNR) in Tashkent, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Uzbekistan held their Country Planning Framework (CPF) under the “Green Rehabilitation Investment Project for Karakalpakstan Republic to Address Impacts of the Aral Sea Crisis” (Aral Sea GRIP). Representatives from each department of the MoNR joined for collective discussions on key knowledge deliverables including Green Global Indexes, political contexts and programme solutions.
The GGGI Uzbekistan Country Planning Framework is strategically aligned to international, regional and local policies. It focuses on Uzbekistan’s national development priorities and aims to deliver transformational and impactful projects, develop strong partnerships, promote internal integration and strengthen linkages with key global development agenda.
The CPF aligns country-level green growth interventions with the GGGI Strategy 2030 and Government priorities. Through its interventions, GGGI will directly and indirectly support government programs as well as support developing green investment projects. GGGI will work closely with the Government of Uzbekistan to create and enhance policies which create enabling environments for investments that will contribute to Reduced GHG Emissions (GGGI CRF 2021-25 Strategic Outcome 1); Creation of Green Jobs (SO2); Increased access to sustainable services (SO3); Improved Air Quality (SO4); Adequate supply of ecosystem services ensured (SO5); and Enhanced Adaptation to Climate Change (SO6).
The CPF participants filled out questionnaires to express their views on Green Global Indexes, political contexts and programme solutions. There was also a lot of space to discuss their project ideas, experiences and recommendations to enhance the efficiency of Aral Sea GRIP. Sustainable energy, research on ground water to benefit crop irrigation and agricultural production, the enhancement of filtration and waste management to reduce emissions, partnership with scientific research institutions on regreening the territory and monitoring its execution, the creation of artificial basins in the Aral Sea region for the collection of rain and snow, the installation of environmental pollution sensors in the Aral Sea basin and many more valuable ideas were presented.
Dr. Aaron Russell, Country Representative of GGGI Uzbekistan, expressed his gratitude to MoNR for their trusted partnership. He informed participants of the upcoming high-level events such as the visit of Dr. Frank Rijsberman, General Director of GGGI, the celebration of GGGI’s 1st anniversary in Uzbekistan, consultations with the French Agency AFD and the Business Development Platform expo event for farmers planned for mid-February.
The Aral Sea GRIP Project is funded by KOICA and implemented by GGGI from 2021 to 2024.