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”.