EPA Programs in Central Asia
Explore our work in Central Asia:
Each of these activities are detailed below.
The International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) was established in Moscow by an international agreement in November 1992 as a nonproliferation program. The Center coordinates efforts of numerous governments, international organizations, and private sector industries, providing former weapons scientists from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States with new opportunities for sustainable, peaceful employment.
ISTC activities include research projects, which employ scientists in the development of new science and technology, and supplemental programs, such as training and workshops. The United States is a funding party to the ISTC, and EPA has been an ISTC Partner since 2001.
US EPA is currently supporting three research projects in the region:
- Kazakhstan: Bioremediation of Mercury Contamination at a Former Chemical Plant, using Native Bacterial Cultures
- Kyrgystan: Trans-Continental Transport of Air Pollution from Central Asia
- Tajikistan: Identifying Sources of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Food
In the past, US EPA supported 5 additional projects in Kazakhstan and one in Uzbekistan.
The last mine known to export primary mined mercury to the global market is in the nation of Kyrgyzstan. Through the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership, EPA is assisting the nation of Kyrgyzstan to develop a plan to phase out primary mercury production at this mine.
Learn more about the Primary Mercury Supply Project of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership.
From 2003-2009, EPA EPA supported the Regional Environmental Center (REC) for Central Asia, based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
To improve the Water Supply to Villages of Illl-Balkhash Region, EPA supported repair and rehabilitation activities of water pipeline networks. With involvement of the local communities, projects were completed in four villages. Efforts included the establishment of local Water Consumers Associations, and funds from local communities were used to support a percentage of the work.
The Global Methane Initiative (GMI) is an international public-private initiative that advances cost effective, near-term methane recovery and use as a clean energy source in four sectors: agriculture, coal mines, landfills, and oil and gas systems.
Kazakhstan is a GMI partner country. A complete list of activities in Kazakhstan is available on the website of the Global Methane Initiative.
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For additional information about EPA's work with Russia, contact:
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2610R)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460