In a move towards addressing the pressing issues of climate change and environmental challenges in Central Asia, the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, engaged in a strategic discussion with Ahmed Al-Shamsi, Chief Executive Officer of the United Arab Emirates-based company “Sustainable Water Solutions” (SWS), president's press service reported.
The meeting, held on December 2, focused on the implementation of key infrastructure projects in the fields of water supply and water treatment within Uzbekistan. The collaborative efforts are expected to involve international partnerships, with the French company "SUEZ" and the Japanese firm "Marubeni" being prominent contributors to the projects.
President Mirziyoyev's commitment to addressing climate change was underscored during his address at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) held on December 1. Emphasizing the severe impacts of climate change in Central Asia, the president drew attention to the catastrophic situation of the Aral Sea, urging global efforts to address the unique challenges faced by the region.
"Climate problems have become the main threat to sustainable development. These dangers are affecting even the geopolitical architecture of the world. The negative consequences of climate change are particularly felt in Central Asia due to the Aral tragedy," President Mirziyoyev stated.
Central Asia has witnessed a myriad of challenges arising from climate change, including a significant increase in air temperature, loss of glacier area, soil erosion affecting the lives of millions, and the prevalence of dust and sandstorms. President Mirziyoyev highlighted that the region experiences twice the world average in temperature increase, with a third of the glacier area disappearing.
"Soil erosion processes have a negative impact on the lifestyle of 30mn people. Heavy dust and sandstorms have become commonplace. Problems such as a shortage of drinking water, air pollution, loss of biodiversity, decrease in agricultural productivity are increasing," the president voiced.