Center for Biomedical and Toxicological Research & Institute for Cooperative Environmental Research

Environmental Activities in Central Asia

The ICER has established an initiative in Central Asia. This initiative focuses on the following five countries:

    Environmental Activities in Central Asia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan

The Central Asian region is of high strategic importance to the west, Russia and China as it contains significant quantities of natural gas, oil and various mineral resources. In addition, its geographic location makes the region of high strategic importance to its neighbors. Within the ICER, the Central Asian Center for Cooperative Environmental Research (CACCER) has been established to administratively facilitate the work for this initiative.

An initial activity for the ICER in Central Asia was the establishment of a NATO/CCMS Pilot Study entitled, "Environmental Decision-Making for Sustainable Development in Central Asia". This five-year study is designed to work with the countries in this region of the world on education, training and technical assistance. Dr. Roy C. Herndon, ICER Director, serves as the Pilot Study Director for this NATO/CCMS event.

A planning meeting was conducted in Istanbul, Turkey on 26 February - 3 March 2001 to initialize the work of the Pilot Study (the photograph is a group shot of the participants of the Istanbul meeting). A meeting of the Pilot Study will be conducted in September of 2002 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This meeting will be conducted in conjunction with the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia, which is located in Almaty. A NATO Advanced Research Workshop will also be conducted in Almaty on "Risk Assessment as a Tool for Environmental Decision-Making" in 2002.

This work in Central Asia is viewed as a growth area for the ICER as international interest in the region also grows.

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