KYRGYZ REPUBLIC

JOINED PAGE IN 2016

 

Context

The Kyrgyz Republic is a landlocked country in Central Asia, with a rich natural heritage. A largely mountainous region, its economy is mainly driven by its agriculture, extractive industries and hydropower energy sectors. Kyrgyz Republic has a medium human development status, over recent years, it has had a shrinking unemployment rate, presently at 8%. However, for an economy that relies heavily on agriculture (about 40% of total employment) and its natural resources, land degradation and desertification poses serious threats to the health of the economy, its people and environment.

The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic is committed to reversing environmental degradation trends and capturing opportunities for economic growth that is both inclusive and sustainable. The need to transition to more sustainable development pathways through advancement of green economy approaches have been recognized as a national priority in various policy frameworks. There are promising opportunities to pursue growth in these key sectors (low-carbon energy, organic agriculture, ecotourism, energy-efficient construction, and mining) while simultaneously supporting adaption to climate change and preservation of natural ecosystems.

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND THE 2030 AGENDA

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PAGE activities in Kyrgyz Republic are contributing towards the achievement of SDGs 8 and 17 through its core work areas: 

  • Supporting the development of a Green Economy Policy Document and Action Plan
  • Green economy knowledge sharing and capacity building,  
  • Providing assistance towards partnership building with key partners.  

 
    

     

       

        

   

  

PAGE'S WORK IN THE KYRGYZ REPUBLIC

PROGRESS 2016                    |                    PROGRESS 2017

DEVELOPMENT OF A GREEN ECONOMY POLICY DOCUMENT AND ACTION PLAN

DEVELOPMENT OF A GREEN ECONOMY POLICY DOCUMENT AND ACTION PLAN

The government’s commitment to sustainable growth is evident by its National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) for 2013-2017, which emphasizes clean technology, resource-efficient infrastructure and sustainably managed ecosystems. The NSDS is currently being updated for the 2018-2023 period, aligning development priorities with the Sustainable Development Goals, and at the same time, Kyrgyz Republic is developing a longer-term 2040 Sustainable Development Vision. Complementing the two strategies, the country is drafting a Green Economy Policy Document and Action Plan.

PAGE is supporting the government to develop the Green Economy Policy Document and Action Plan, including a sustainable finance roadmap and a green economy learning needs assessment. This initiative supports the achievement of the SDG 17, targets 17.14 and 17.15, on enhancing policy coherence for sustainable development and by demonstrating Kyrgyz Republic’s leadership to establish and implement policies for poverty eradication and sustainable development.

EVIDENCE-BASED SECTORAL AND THEMATIC REFORMS

EVIDENCE-BASED SECTORAL AND THEMATIC REFORMS

Kyrgyz Republic has identified priority areas for pursuing inclusive economic growth while safeguarding the environment and natural resources. PAGE’s ongoing support to the government include development of a sustainable finance road map and policy reform, sustainable public procurements, promoting green jobs and further developing strategic environmental assessments and related safe guards. 

Following a Green Jobs Skills Assessment, PAGE is working with the Ministry of Economy to build a Green Employment Projection Model (EPM), using it for national development planning to maximize employment opportunities and to provide a just transition for workers. Support to green jobs is aligned with Kyrgyz Republic’s efforts towards achieving SDG 8, target 8.5, on promoting productive and decent employment

INDIVIDUAL, INSTITUTIONAL AND PLANNING CAPACITIES STRENGTHENED

INDIVIDUAL, INSTITUTIONAL AND PLANNING CAPACITIES STRENGTHENED

Based on the outcomes of a Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment for civil servants conducted by the American University of Central Asia in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the State Personnel Services, PAGE is providing support for green economy learning. For instance, training national experts on Green Economy planning tools, raising awareness on Green Economy in partnership with GIZ, among others.   

A South-South Technical Cooperation project between the Kyrgyz Republic and Mongolia, with the support of ILO, PAGE and GIZ, is providing the opportunity to build and strengthen a mutual exchange on green economy policy development and practices of the two neighbouring countries.