IUCN talks about Turkmenistan's measures to improve environmental protection
BAKU, Azerbaijan, August 25
By Jeila Aliyeva - Trend:
Next important step forward in environmental protection would be to analyze the national system of protected areas against the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Management Categories of Protected Areas, a global standard for protected area management categories, and regularly monitor their management effectiveness, IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia told Trend.
“Turkmenistan has achieved significant progress towards a comprehensive set of laws and policies to safeguard the environment,” said IUCN.
Furthermore, IUCN pointed out such Turkmen laws as Turkmenistan’s oil spill prevention and response plan approved in 2001; the Rules for the Protection of Coastal Waters of Turkmenistan from pollution from vessels approved in 2005; the National Caspian Action Plan (NCAP) of Turkmenistan approved in 2008; the Criminal Code of Turkmenistan (Chapter 31 - Environmental crimes) approved in 2010; Chapter 11 of the Code of Turkmenistan on Administrative Offenses of 2013; and the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan to the Convention on Biological Diversity submitted in 2018.
The national Red Book of Threatened Species is currently under review in Turkmenistan, added IUCN.
“When it comes to international actions, the Government of Turkmenistan is a Party to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and has regularly reported the progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets through National Reports to the Convention,” noted IUCN.
Turkmenistan is also involved in IUCN’s efforts to enhance cooperation among countries in Central Asia to increase the protection of the most pristine and biodiversity-rich areas of the world and move towards achieving "Aichi Biodiversity Target 11", said IUCN.
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