Opening of 'Learning center of Green Technologies' Within the joint EU/UNDP/UNECE Project 'Supporting Kazakhstan's Transition to a Green Economy Model'

Nov 15, 2016

A Learning Center of Green Technologies opened on November 8th, 2016 in Astana. The center was created within the joint EU/UNDP/UNECE project 'Supporting Kazakhstan's Transition to a Green Economy Model' and it complies with Green Economy Concept of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan's Concept on Transition to a Green Economy is aimed to improve ecological, economic and social development of Kazakhstan through responsible consumption of the natural resources.  Kazakhstan demonstrated its commitment to move towards sustainable development and to reduce СО2 by signing the Paris Agreement.  Enhancing the capacity of current and future specialists in green economy is also an important factor in the development of the country.

The Learning Center for Green Technologies in Astana aims to train new progressive methods of agricultural development applying advanced and resource-saving technologies. This Center will provide the opportunity for the students of the Kazakh Agrotechnical University, farmers, entrepreneurs and representatives of public organizations to gain practical skills in agrarian sector. The trainees will also study the elements of the most advanced energy and resource-saving technologies that will help improve methods and ways of growing vegetables in a protected soil, and effectively use heat and energy, natural resources and ways of provision of fresh vegetables to population round the year.

The joint EU/UNDP/UNECE project 'Supporting Kazakhstan's Transition to a Green Economy Model', as the initiator of the Learning Center construction, allows the students of Kazakh Agrarian University to be trained free of charge.

 

The Learning Center is located near the modern greenhouse complex using certified 'green' technologies for growing vegetables under cover. Proximity to operating Thermal Power Station allows creating the unique micro-climate in the greenhouses - the crops are watered by the purified water and the TPS heat surpluses are used for heating. This in turn allows using hidden ecological reserves of the heat station and reducing greenhouse effect produced by the activity of the Thermal Power Station. Due to the greenhouse structure all crops are isolated from environmental impact, i.e. ecologically-friendly. Landscaping of the territory adjacent to the greenhouse produces additional benefit.

At the opening of the Learning Center Mr. Seytimbetov, the deputy chairman of the Comity of water resources of the Ministry of Agriculture in Kazakhstan, has mentioned the importance of development of the agrarian sector, which will be beneficial for food security development of the country. “The president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, in his Address to the People of Kazakhstan 'Kazakhstan-2050 Strategy' has declared that the country needs a large-scale modernization of agricultural sector. The Address clearly sets out the objectives which include: creation of eco-friendly products; national competitive brands; be a leader in the world food market and increase the agricultural production”, said the Mr. Seitimbetov.

 “The urban agriculture helps countries on their pathway towards an inclusive green economy, which is a key feature of the green economy agenda, both in the EU and in Kazakhstan”, said Mr. Lavroff, Head of Cooperation section of the European Union in Kazakhstan in his opening remark. He added that the goal of project is to contribute to a long-term environmentally sustainable economic development of Kazakhstan, through integration of best "green" practices and innovative technologies. The Learning Centre will be a platform for current and future specialists in agricultural sector. 

Ms. Munhtuya Altangerel, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Kazakhstan, talking about the purpose of the pilot project within which the Learning Center was established, has expressed her hope that this project would be a bright example of implementation of the green economy principles in the business sector. “This pilot project demonstrates in practice the examples of 'greening' of the existing business sector via integration of efficient technologies”, said Ms. Altangerel. “Certainly, avoiding pollution at all would be ideal for the ecology but we are working with the realities that we have now. When business sector sees the profitability, benefits and sustainability of such projects, it might motivate them to move towards “green” businesses”, added UNDP Deputy Resident Representative.

The pilot projects of various enterprises in the the regions of Kazakhstan demonstrate opportunity of gradual transition to 'green' economy through reduction of pollution, saving environment and achievement of sustainable economy. The purpose of the joint EU/UNDP/UNECE project 'Supporting Kazakhstan's Transition to a Green Economy Model' is to demonstrate the effective application of the 'green' economy principles in practice and to promote replication the successful projects.

 

Basic Information:

The joint EU/UNDP/UNECE project 'Supporting Kazakhstan's Transition to a Green Economy Model' aims to support Kazakhstan in achieving a long-term sustainable development through the country's transition to a 'green economy' model. The project shall be implemented as financially supported by the European Union - 7.1 million Euro. The Executive Partners are UNDP and UNECE. The National Partner is the Committee for Water Resources of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

 

For more information, please contact to Dinara Saliyeva, e-mail: dinara.saliyeva@undp.org or by phone: +7 7172 696550 (ext.2604), Mobile +7777 220 2921 or Ms Elnara Bainazarova, Press and Information Officer of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan, at tel.: +7 (7172) 97-45-67; email: Elnara.BAINAZAROVA@eeas.europa.eu

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