Switzerland to contribute € 2 million to Environmental Remediation Account

Local news, 12.11.2018

On 8 November 2018, a donor conference was held in London at the Headquarters of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) related to the international environmental remediation program for Central Asia led by the European Union. During the meeting the direct affected countries Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan stressed the need of urgent actions inter alia to halt the spread of pollution into the bread basket in Central Asia where 14 million people are living. They asked for financial support from the international community.

Switzerland during the conference made a pledge for a total of € 2 million. 

“The inherited legacy of highly toxic and radioactive waste originating from uranium mining in the last century imposes an imminent threat to parts of the population and to the environment in the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Such a contamination may have transboundary consequences and affect the health and living conditions of the population.

We welcome the efforts, which have been undertaken in recent years by the Kyrgyz, Tajik and Uzbek authorities in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the European Commission, Russia, the EBRD and others in order to develop a Master Plan and carrying out feasibility and environmental impact assessments.

Handling this dangerous legacy is both a regional and a global responsibility.

The successful implementation of the projects depend on a number of crucial elements:

(1) the ownership and active involvement of local authorities and the population;

(2) the quality of the monitoring;

(3) and the careful cooperation and coordination with other actors on the ground, like for instance the actors involved in the Aral Sea Conference.


Switzerland will pay great attention to these elements.

Switzerland will be able to contribute with a total amount of € 2 million to the Environmental Remediation Account”.