VIENNA – Seven national environmental experts from Uzbekistan are taking part in the study tour to Vienna to learn how environmental information systems are implemented in the EU Member States, and how similar systems can be further developed in Uzbekistan.
The Republic of Uzbekistan intends to upgrade its environmental monitoring system. As a first step, the European Union and the State Committee for Nature Protection agreed on the organisation of a workshop to acquire information on European best practice and potential solutions for Uzbekistan.
A one-week workshop "Environmental Monitoring and Information Systems with focus on Environmental priority areas Air and Waste” is being supported by the EU-funded project "EU-Central Asia Enhanced Regional Cooperation on Environment, Climate Change and Water" (WECOOP) and co-organised with the Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt – UBA). UBA as a consortium partner of the WECOOP project is also hosting the group of Uzbek representatives during this study tour.
The workshop concept foresees an overview of the environmental monitoring and informationsystems in the EUand interactive sessions, e.g. scenario development for monitoring systems in the fields of air quality and waste collection/treatment monitoring with active participation of the Uzbek representatives. The parties will also discuss and definekey features of the potential future system for Uzbekistan. The participants’ field trips to the Air Quality Monitoring Station Taborstraße, the city of Vienna Air Quality Monitoring Department and the waste incinerator “Spittelau” are also planned.
The results of the workshop should lay the foundations for the formulation of the key features of the future information system and procurement of related (IT) infrastructure.