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Third Aarhus Center opened in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan | society | 16:16, 17 November 2017 | 1931

AKIPRESS.COM - A third Aarhus Center in Kyrgyzstan, located in Chlopon-Ata in Issyk-Kul region, was officially opened with the support of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek and the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry of Kygryzstan (SAEPF) on November 9, the OSCE reports.

The new Center follows the establishment of those in Osh (2004) and Bishkek (2015) and will similarly contribute to the implementation of the fundamental principles of the Aarhus Convention in Kyrgyzstan.

The OSCE has been supporting the activities of the Aarhus Centers in the country for more than 10 years. Currently, there are more than 50 Aarhus Center operating in the OSCE region.

In Kyrgyzstan, they actively work with youth in environmental protection activities, supporting the development of environmental journalism and strengthening the dialogue between state structures and civil society in solving environmental problems.

The opening of the new Aarhus Center in Cholpon-Ata took place following the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the OSCE and SAEPF in 2015.

Pierre von Arx, the Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, said: "The Aarhus Centre in the Issyk-Kul region will contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the Aarhus Convention in Kyrgyzstan and the implementation of the National Strategy for the Development of Aarhus Centers for 2015-2018. The new Center will help to establish a constructive dialogue between local authorities and the population to address the most acute environmental problems in the Issyk-Kul region.”

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