Central Asian ecologists study climate change issues in Ashgabat
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Sept. 30 /Trend, H.Hasanov/
Ashgabat hosts a regional meeting of Central Asian countries on climate change organized by the Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
The forum is attended by specialists and experts on climate change, environmental protection agencies of Central Asian countries, UNEP, regional environmental center, regional mining center and regional center for renewable energy sources, Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper reported.
The newspaper quoted the UNEP coordinator Mozaharul Alam that "the main goal of this meeting is to discuss and create a regional network of experts on climate change of Central Asian countries, coordinate efforts to adapt and mitigate climate change".
According to him, this meeting is a continuation of joint efforts of the region countries to build national and regional capacity to address climate change.
The regional meeting participants agreed that the forum in the Turkmen capital will be another step in strengthening international environmental cooperation.
The Central Asian countries are preparing a long-term regional strategy in collaboration with UNEP. Turkmenistan has recently proposed to establish a UN Inter-regional center in Ashgabat to address issues related to climate change.