UNDP Turkmenistan Statement on the International Day for Biological Diversity 2016May 22, 2016
Ashgabat, 22 May 2016: Biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. It therefore underpins peoples’ livelihoods and sustainable development in all areas of activity, including economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism, among others.
The rapid economic and industrial development of Turkmenistan in recent decades has placed enormous strain on the country’s natural resources, leading to a reduction in biodiversity and degradation of the environment.
UNDP and its national partners in Turkmenistan have implemented a number of joint projects, adjusted to and followed the development path of the country based on the assessment of the needs and priorities of the country.
During the past 15 years, UNDP and the Government of Turkmenistan have worked together on implementation of the international conventions and initiatives on preservations of the biodiversity, launched an on ground research and action to assess and create a record of the biodiversity capacity of Turkmenistan, and started a behavior change activities among the local population in practices related to the environment and energy use.
During 2010-2015, UNDP has provided technical support in preparation of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (BSAP) that includes detailed measures on implementation of the biodiversity preservation activities by the institutions and industrial enterprises in all sectors of the economy of Turkmenistan. The Action Plan is currently at the approval of the Government of Turkmenistan.
UNDP has held the economic valuation of the country’s ecosystem services, where using special methodology, together with the national partners we have counted the cost and assigned the value to the pastures, rives, forests and other nature services of the country.
For the past 5 years, UNDP has invested more than 5 million US dollars and attracted much more through its global partners and donors such as the Adaptation Fund and the Global Environment Fund.
UNDP reasserts its commitment to promote the measures on adaptation and mitigation to the risks of climate change and preservation of the biodiversity in Turkmenistan.