Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, June 20 / Trend , G. Hasanov/ A seminar organized by the UN Development Program is underway in Turkmenistan's Environmental Protection Ministry in an effort to discuss proposals to consolidate national ecological legislation, the UN press release said.
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Realization of the project "Preservation and sustainable use of biological diversity of worldwide importance in the Khazar State Reserve on the Caspian Sea" has been underway in Turkmenistan since 2006. The project is being implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Global Environment Fund.
Participants of the seminar, which involved lawyers, environmentalists, as well as senior officials of key ministries, departments and local governments of Turkmenistan, discussed ways to improve management of biological resources, including raising level of responsibility of local authorities, introduction of modern system of administrative penalties for violation of environmental laws, especially with regard to hunting, fishing, pollution, protected areas, as well as mechanisms of control and prohibition of the unauthorized sale of biological resources.
The press release quoted a UNDP consultant Arslan Orazov as saying that the proposed changes and additions to national laws are "dictated by requirement of time and further improvements of national legislation on conservation of protected areas in Turkmenistan."
As a result of discussions, a package of proposals to amend national legislation will be designed to submit to the Turkmen parliament.
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