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Network of Experts for Sustainable Development in Central Asia


In 29-30 June, 2017 in the platform of International exhibition EXPO-2017 in the framework of Forum «Future Energy» took place international conference «Promotion of the «Green Bridge» Partnership Program for the implementation of the Paris Agreement», organized by Scientific-educational center «Green Academy» with Committee on Ecology and Nature Management of Mazhilis Parliament RK and Ministry of education and science RK supported by FEF. The conference was moderated by the Member of the Council on the transition to a "green economy" under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the director of the SEC "Green Academy", Doctor of Economics, Professor Bakhyt Yesekina.

One of the directions of the global environmental initiative of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.A. Nazarbayev - The «Green Bridge» Partnership Program (hereinafter "GBPP") is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to restrain climate change. In this regard, the conference participants - deputies of the Parliament of RK, representatives of state authorities, who represents diplomatic missions and international organizations, scientists and experts from Russia, Tajikistan, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, representatives of business associations and NGOs discussed the mechanisms for the transition to low-carbon development and implementation of the GBPP and The Paris Climate Agreement.

On the first day at the opening of the conference, a welcome speech was made by: Bakhytgul Khamenova, a deputy and member of the Committee on ecology and nature management of the Mazhilis of Parliament RK, and Jonathan Weinberg, secretary, head of the Economics Department of the German Embassy in Kazakhstan. Deputy, member of the Committee on Ecology and Nature Management of the Mazhilis of Parliament RK, Marat Bopazov also spoke at the conference.

Speakers of the conference presented presentations on the role of the PEP in the transition to a "green economy" (the head of the Working Group on the development of the GBPP Bulat Yessekin), the experience of implementing the Paris Agreement in Russia (director of the Center for economics of environment and natural resources of the Higher School of Economics Georgy Safonov), in EAEU (Deputy Director of the Institute of Economy of the CS of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nailya Nurlanova), on the mechanisms of carbon trade in Poland (head of JSC "OCTANT Sp.zo.o" Pavel Victor) and projects of low-carbon development of Latvia (Chairman of the Board of the Latvian Biogas Association, Member of the Board of the Latvian Federation of Renewable Energy Sources, Andis Karklins), the role of NGOs in promoting GBPP (head ULE "International Organization" Partnership Program "Green Bridge" Ludmila Shabanova). The program of the first day was completed by the training on the standards of "green" construction, which was conducted by representatives of LNEC (Portugal) Dana Galiyeva and Pedro H. Martins.

The program of the second day was opened with a welcoming speech by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France in Kazakhstan Francis Etienne. Participants discussed the development of ETS, the assessment of the carbon footprint, green climate financing and the development of scientific research in the field of low-carbon development, improving energy efficiency and modernization of the water sector, introducing innovations in the example of the city of Astana. Speakers were: director of Department on national emission system regulation JSC «ZhasylDamu» Botagoz Ahmetova, international expert on sustainable development (Poland) Justina Wysocka-Golec, technical adviser to the Secretariat of the Pilot Program on adaptation to climate change in Tajikistan, member of the Secretariat of the Green climate fund in Tajikistan Anvar Khomidov, head of the Kazakhstan USAID climate control program Alexei Sankovski, director of the research institute "Energy Saving and Energy Efficient Technologies”, doctor of technical sciences, professor Altai Alimgazin, head of JSC "Sublemerito", representative of LNEC in Kazakhstan (Portugal) Pedro H. Martins, Director of the Department of Introduction of Urban Technologies of JSC "Astana Innovations" Bakytzhan Ualikhan, Deputy Director for Business Development LLP JV “KAZMI” Schlumberger / KazMunaiGas Berik Zhankubayev. The discussion was concluded and summed up the results of the conference by Director of the Department of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan Rashiddin Kokenov.

As a result of the conference, recommendations were adopted for the further implementation of the GBPP and the Paris Climate Agreement at the global and national levels for inclusion in the Manifesto Forum.

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