Parties discuss UNDP experts’ recommendations on systematization and ensuring sustainability of “Yashil Makon”

February 3, 2023
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Today the Ministry of Natural Resources together with the United Nations Development Programme in Uzbekistan organized a consultation workshop on the work carried out under the joint project by UNDP, UNECE, UNHCR and the Ministry on "Development of innovative financial solutions and a master plan in support of the Yashil Makon Initiative."

Photo: UNDP Uzbekistan

The main goal of the consultation workshop was to discuss organizational and institutional issues related to the implementation of the national "Yashil makon" project and preliminary scientific and technical-economic conclusions of the master plan, developed by international experts on the greening of settlements, the protection of trees and shrubs, the extension of green spaces, and innovative financial solutions and recommendations. Views were also exchanged on specific reforms, necessary measures, and further project activities to be developed and implemented by the government for effective implementation of the Yashil Makon initiative.

Photo: UNDP Uzbekistan

Matilda Dimovska, UNDP Resident Representative in Uzbekistan noted in her opening remarks:

"Yashil Makon" is a great initiative, and great opportunity! It has ambitious goal of planting 1 billion trees in 5 years; but this initiative is about much more. It is not only about planting the trees; it is beyond making an environmentally significant contribution on a global scale. It is also about ensuring that its process and result is socially and economically beneficial, as well as sustainable. UNDP and its international experts have been working with a number of institutions - to take a deeper look at how "Yashil Makon" is being implemented and how all aspects of its ambition can be reached. The experts proposed possible policy and structural interventions to ensure that "Yashil Makon" delivers on its promise and does it in a sustainable manner."

The participants were also informed about the newly organised green belt, green garden, and green public park of 100 hectares in Surkhandarya province (in Termez city, Termez district, Jarkorgon district, and Sherabad district) under the project. The issues related to planting seedlings based on the local climate and scientific recommendations were discussed.