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Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference
Conference Chair Nurgali Ashim delivering a keynote speech in the morning plenary.
 
Highlights for Thursday, 22 September 2011
 
DAILY WEB COVERAGE
 

The Seventh Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe” convened for its second day on Thursday 22 September in Astana, Kazakhstan. In the morning plenary, session Chair László Borbély, Minister of Environment and Forests, Romania, introduced the theme of the session, sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems. He noted that payments for ecosystem services are an important instrument for ensuring a good water environment for human beings and public health. Participants heard several keynote addresses.

After the plenary, delegates convened in three parallel roundtables to discuss: effective policies to value and protect water-related ecosystems, including payments for ecosystem services; policies to address human health related to water quality and quantity; priorities and challenges to adapt water management to extreme weather events and climate change; and lessons learned from transboundary basin cooperation for water quality improvement and ecosystem protection.

In the afternoon, delegates reconvened in plenary to tackle sustainable management of water and greening the economy. Session Chair Bruno Oberle, State Secretary, Director of the Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland, cautioned participants about current levels of natural resources consumption and stressed justice and participation as pillars for water sustainable management for the green economy. Participants heard a number of keynote addresses. After the plenary, delegates met in three parallel roundtables to discuss: policy tools for integrated water resources management (IWRM), including pricing and water users associations, and encouraging investments to take into account the impacts on water quantity and water quality, energy and resource efficiency and vulnerable populations.


Sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems:
 
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L-R: Dais during the morning plenary session with Conference Chair Ashim; Monika Linn, Conference Secretary, UNECE; and László Borbély, Minister of Environment and Forests, Romania
 

 

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Conference Chair Nurgali Ashim, Minister of Environmental Protection, Kazakhstan
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Gheorghe Salaru, Minister of the Environment, Republic of Moldova
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Sàndor Fazekas, Minister of Rural Development, Hungary
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Saghit Ibatullin, International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea
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Sascha Gabizon, Women in Europe for a Common Future
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Letitia Obeng, Global Water Partnership
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Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland
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Roundtable 1:
 
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Roundtable 1 in session.
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L-R: Franziska Hirsch, UNECE; Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland, Roundtable moderator; and Sonja Koeppel, UNECE
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Åsa-Britt Karlsson, Sweden
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Christian Blondin, World Meteorological Organization
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Jan Kubiš, Executive Secretary of the UNECE
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Keit Pentus, Minister of the Environment, Estonia
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Jean-François Donzier, France
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Roundtable 2:
 
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Roundtable 2 in session
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Adilov Tolebay, Kazakhstan
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Viktoria Elias, WWF-Russia
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L-R: Elisabeit Quintas; Ana Felício and Telma Branco, Portugal
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L-R: Giovanni Gabassi, UNECE; Hugo von Meijenfeldt, the Netherlands, Roundtable moderator; and Francesca Bernardini, Secretary to the Water Convention, UNECE
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Roundtable 3:
 
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View of roundtable 3 in session
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Mladen Zirojević, Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Bosnia-Herzegovina
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L-R: Yegor Volovik and Natalia Alexeeva, UNDP
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Maria Galambos, Hungary
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Sergei Zavyalov, Bulgaria
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Karine Danielyan, European Eco-Forum
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L-R: Angela Sochirca, UNECE; Chyngyzbek Uzakbaev, Kyrgyzstan, Roundtable moderator; Annuka Lipponen, UNECE
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Sustainable management of water and greening of the economy:
 
Plenary:
 
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L-R: Ruslan Bultrikov, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Kazakhstan; Monika Linn, Conference Secretary, UNECE; and Session Chair Bruno Oberle, Switzerland

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Rinat R. Gizatulin, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Russian Federation
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Simon Upton, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

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Ville Niinistö, Minister of the Environment, Finland
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Roundtable 1:
 
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L-R: Tatiana Efinova, OECD; Nino Sharashidze, UNECE; and Gheorghe Constantin, Romania, Roundtable moderator
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Vanya Grigorova, Bulgaria
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Huryn Vasyl Arsentiyovych, Ukraine
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Roundtable 2:
 
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L-R: Angela Sochirca, UNECE; Zaal Lomtadze, Georgia, Roundtable moderator; Angela Bularga, OECD
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Arystanbek Nurmakhanov, Coca-Cola Kazakhstan
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Muazama Burhanova, European Eco-Forum
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Roundtable 3:
 
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L-R: Sonja Koeppel, UNECE; Marek Gromiec, Poland, Roundtable moderator and Giovanni Gabassi, UNECE
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Harry Liiv, Estonia
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Roko Žarnic, Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Slovenia
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Participants flock to the cafe exhibit organized by United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme, Environment and Security Initiative and the European Environment Agency.
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Sign up for SDG Sign up for ENB Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
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*Conference website
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*Conference side-events, exhibition and business fair
*Host country website
*Preparatory meetings
*History of the process: from Dobris to Astana
*Reform of the “Environment for Europe” process
*Structure of the process
*UNECE homepage
*UNECE Environmental Policy Home

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