Environmental Performance Reviews: Kyrgyzstan

Second Review

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The report takes stock of the progress made by Kyrgyzstan in the management of its environment since the country was first reviewed in 2000. It assesses the implementation of the recommendations in the first review. It also covers nine issues of importance to Kyrgyzstan concerning policymaking, planning and implementation, the financing of environmental policies and projects, and the integration of environmental concerns into economic sectors, in particular water management, land management and biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of forests. The report places particular emphasis on the promotion of sustainable development, as the country gives a high priority to this issue.

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Policymaking framework for environmental protection andsustainable development

Since its first review in 1999-2000, Kyrgyzstan has experienced significant institutional changes in its Government which have in turn affected the policymaking framework for environmental protection and sustainable development. In 2001, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) was merged with the Ministry of Emergencies and formed the Ministry of Ecology and Emergencies. This ministry was split in 2005, and as a result the national environmental authority was separated and reestablished as an independent body with the status of a State agency – the State Agency of Environmental Protection and Forestry – under the Government but with a status lower than that of a Ministry.

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