The 10th meeting of the European Union ‒ Central Asia Working Group on Environment and Climate Change (WGECC) is the first gathering after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has significantly changed both economy and environment worldwide, so it will address new opportunities for cooperation to ensure a green recovery. Considering the situation both in the European Union (EU) and in Central Asia (CA), the discussion at the meeting will be built around the following four items:

  • Biological diversity;
  • Climate change;
  • Decoupling economic growth from the increase of pollution;
  • Toolbox for sustainable recovery.

Opening of the meeting

Welcome address by H.E. Ambassador Terhi Hakala, EU Special Representative for Central Asia

The point of view of Central Asia: possible strategies for a green recovery in CA and opportunities for cooperation


Session 1: Taking stock – Update on progress since the 9th meeting of the WGECC and prospects for future developments

Delegations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan inform on recent and future developments in the environmental governance and climate change mitigation and adaptation

Session 2: Biological diversity

Biodiversity maps:

Session 3: Climate change: policies and implementation

Session 4: Zero Pollution ambition for air, water and soil

Session 5: Next steps and future developments