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Environmental Performance Reviews: Uzbekistan

Second Review

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This is the second Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Uzbekistan published by UNECE. The report takes stock of the progress made by Uzbekistan in the management of its environment since the country was first reviewed in 2001. It assesses the implementation of the recommendations in the first review (Annex I). It also covers nine issues of importance to Uzbekistan 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, energy and climate change. The report places particular emphasis on climate change and water, as the country gives a high priority to this issue.

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Introduction

Uzbekistan is a doubly landlocked Central Asian country bordered by Kazakhstan to the west and north (border length: 2,206 km), Kyrgyzstan (1,099 km) and Tajikistan (1,161 km) to the east, and Afghanistan (137 km) and Turkmenistan (1,621 km) to the south and south-west. Uzbekistan has a territory of 447,000 km2, stretching 1,425 km from west to east and 930 km from north to south, of which the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan occupies an area of 160,000 km2. About 22,000 km2 (or 4.9 per cent) of the country is occupied by water.

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