The event was organized by the Global Environment Fund (GEF)/UNDP Turkmenistan/Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of Turkmenistan project "Sustainable Cities in Turkmenistan: Integrated Green Urban Development in Ashgabat and Awaza” in partnership with other UN Agencies, Ministry of Education, Society of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan and young Turkmen SDG Ambassadors.
The activity aimed to raise ecological awareness among children and help them to start caring for nature, water resources and flora and fauna, as well as fostering a sustainability-oriented behavioral change.
This informal approach of increasing children’s knowledge on waste management often applied by UNDP experts allows children to entertain and have a fun, while learning and developing a sense of wise consumption and rational use of resources.
“The idea was in a game format to demonstrate children the threat plastic poses to our nature and our health, teach children environmentally friendly practices and make them understand that every little contribution counts in saving the planet” – said Jemal Durdykova, UNDP project specialist outlining the objectives of this educational activity.
This Public Information Campaign was part of a range of ongoing UNDP initiatives supporting the national partners in their efforts to tackle the challenges of plastic pollution through changes in policy mechanisms, introduction of stronger monitoring systems, innovative initiatives and changes in consumer behavior.
Turkmenistan gives highest priority to the issues of climate change. Acknowledging the vital importance and urgency of addressing climate change issues in accordance with sustainable economic development, on a national and international level, Turkmenistan joined a number of UN Conventions on climate change and ratified Paris Climate Change Agreement to join the global efforts aiming to save the planet.
The UNDP Country Office has been closely working with the Government of Turkmenistan to provide support in achieving its national priorities to address the climate change issues, focusing on water and land pollution, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and greening populated areas to reduce the impact of air pollution, and implementing integrated low-carbon and climate resilient solutions.
Within the UNDP interventions in support to the Government of Turkmenistan in the area of climate change, the Country Office leads the process of developing the effective mechanisms for improving mitigation and adaptation capacities of the country. In close cooperation with the national partners UNDP provides support in the development of the National Waste Management Strategy of Turkmenistan and revision the existing regulatory and normative documents in the field of air and water resources management and monitoring.
Today, with the help of UNDP a large amount of plastic waste in the capital of the country is collected, sorted, and recycled. Last year the project organized the installation of recycling containers at educational institutions, parks and other public places, leading to the collection and further recycling of more than 50 tonnes of plastic waste. The campaign actively involved the public in plastic waste collection by offering them a tree seedling in exchange for 8 kg of plastic waste.