A parliamentary working group is drafting a law on renewable energy. The Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan has been supporting the efforts of the Eco Movement NGO and a group of experts in providing feedback on the efforts of the working group in the form of analysis and strategy documents. The Project Co-ordinator also supports efforts aimed at raising public awareness and the promotion of renewable energy by, for example, arranging conferences and by training farmers in remote areas in the practical possibilities of small-scale technologies for the production of renewable energy.
Heavy metals and radiation present a potential threat to the environment and human health in the region of the Syrdarya River Basin. The presence of heavy metals in drinking water is cause for particular concern. The OSCE supports the inspectorates of the State Nature Protection Committee in conducting comprehensive monitoring of water pollution in the Syrdarya River Basin, and also supports the initiatives of local authorities and NGOs aimed at informing the public about potential risks and improving the quality of drinking water.
Since the summer of 2012, the Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan has been supporting Emergencies Ministry in its efforts to prevent and respond to emergency situations. The project is aimed at improving in-service training and training at the Institute of Civil Defence.
In the future, the Project Co-ordinator plans to organize events, seminars, and training courses at the Institute of Civil Defence for faculty members, ministries, and representatives of other interested public institutions. These events will involve foreign experts on various subjects with the purpose of increasing public awareness of disaster preparedness.