Kazakh Ecology Minister makes report at UN Summit on Biodiversity
Preservation of biodiversity is one of the most important national priorities of Kazakhstan. In this regard, the country plans to adopt the Concept for Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Biological Diversity until 2030. This was announced by Kazakh Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources Magzum Mirzagaliyev at the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity under the theme of “Urgent action on biodiversity for sustainable development” chaired by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
“The government of Kazakhstan is working on the protection and reproduction of the forest fund, expanding the network of specially protected natural areas, creating ecological corridors for the migration of animals,” the Ecology Minister said in a video message.
Magzum Mirzagaliyev made a statement on behalf of the developing countries that do not have direct access to the sea. He noted that the coronavirus spread once again reminded of the importance of the close connection between humanity and nature.
“A group of landlocked countries is calling for accelerated action on biodiversity to support the livelihoods of our people. We emphasize the urgent need for action at the highest level in support of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. We urge that the framework takes into account the special needs of LLDCs in the biodiversity field,” he said during the summit.
Magzum Mirzagaliyev announced plans to plant trees in the country. He noted that on the instructions of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, two billion trees will be planted in the forest fund and 15 million in settlements in the near future.
The UN Summit highlighted the crisis facing humanity from the degradation of biodiversity. Leaders and representatives of countries expressed their opinions on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. This framework will be adopted at the 15th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2021.