Fiftieth UNECE Environmental Performance Review kicks off in Astana
The third Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Kazakhstan kicked off this week, with a field mission beginning in Astana. Fourteen experts from different countries, OECD, WHO, UNEP and UNECE will work in Kazakhstan for 10 days to review the country’s progress in delivering on its green economy agenda and improving environmental performance. The EPR will focus on the country’s progress in greening its economy, particularly the energy, industry, agriculture and health sectors. It will evaluate the Government’s efforts to abate air pollution, improve water quality, reduce waste and manage protected areas. The review is timely as Kazakhstan is in the process of revising its 2013 Concept on Transition to a Green Economy and its 2007 Environmental Code. This third EPR of Kazakhstan is the 50th EPR organized by UNECE. It builds on the substantial experience accumulated by UNECE and its member States in using this tool to review progress in reconciling national economic and environmental objectives.