STRENGTHENING REGIONAL SCIENTIFIC TECHNICAL COOPERATION FOR DRR

Central Asian countries are vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters. And the level of threats is constantly growing. The reason for this was global climate change, population growth, urbanization, intensive development of industry and agriculture.

All this requires a radical revision of approaches to dealing with emergency situations.

One of the most important areas in this matter is the development of scientifically sound proposals and recommendations on the application of the most modern scientific achievements in the field of information and communication technologies, innovations in the field of disaster risk reduction, emergency management.

In this regard, in August 2017, the Central Asian Expert Working Group supported the initiative of the Forum of heads of emergency departments and UNESCO on the need to establish a Regional Scientific and Technical Council.

As a result, in July 2019, in the city of Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, at the next Regional Forum – the Meeting of Heads of Emergency Authorities of Central Asian Countries, it was decided to establish a Regional Scientific and Technical Council.

The Regional STC on Emergency Situations will carry out its activities on the principles of voluntariness and publicity.

Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction (Secretariat) will provide organizational and technical support of the council with the technical support of international organizations

The first organizational meeting of the Regional Scientific and Technical Council on Emergency Situations was held on December 5, 2019, in Almaty on the site of the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction.

In addition to the staff of emergency departments and scientific institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan, the meeting was attended by representatives of the European Union, the World Bank, UNESCO, and UNDRR.

During a lively discussion, members of the Scientific and Technical Council once again noted the importance of coordinating the scientific and technical activities of government bodies, international and non-profit organizations, research and educational institutions in the field of disaster risk reduction.

By the decision of the meeting, Mr. Bolot Moldobekov, director of the Central Asian Institute of Applied Geoscience, a candidate of geological and mineralogical sciences, was elected chairman of the Regional Scientific and Technical Council for Emergencies.

Mr. Bakhtiyar Ospanov, Chief Expert of the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction was elected Secretary of the RSTC on Emergency Situations.

The participants of the event discussed the draft Plan of main events of the Regional Scientific and Technical Council on Emergency Situations for 2020.

In conclusion, the participants expressed gratitude and appreciation to the European Union, the World Bank, and UNESCO for the technical and financial support provided to the Council.