Last Updated: 18 January 2018 - 05:54
News ID: 3721
Publish Date: 06 July 2017 - 00:20
The Project Development Consultation Workshop "Combating desertification with a special emphasis on dust haze and sand storm in the ECO region" opened on Wednesday 5 July 2017 at the ECO Secretariat in Tehran.
The Project Development Consultation Workshop "Combating desertification with a special emphasis on dust haze and sand storm in the ECO region" opened on Wednesday 5 July 2017 at the ECO Secretariat in Tehran.

The Meeting is attending by the delegations of the Member States namely; Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Turkey and representatives from the United Nations Economic, Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB). 

The Workshop was jointly inaugurated by the ECO Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Seyed Jalaledin Alavi Sabzevari and the ECO Director of Energy, Minerals and Environment, Mr. Fuad Farzalibeyov. ECO Deputy Secretary General in his inaugural remarks underscored the importance of the cooperation between member states to improve knowledge and exchange experiences for combating like issues that threaten us in the region.

At the opening session Dr Asghar Mohammadi Fazel, President of the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ECO-IEST) delivered a statement containing background status of the project on "Combating desertification with a special emphasis on dust haze and sand storm in the ECO region". (The full text of this statement will be released in the next news.) He also thanked of the ECO Secretariat for the commendable efforts in supporting the process and convening the workshop.

During these two days of the workshop, the ECO delegations will review and discuss on the weaknesses and strengths of the project implementation in the ECO region and exchange their information and experiences.

According to the ECO-IEST website the overall goal of the proposed project is to prevent, control and reverse desertification/ land degradation and mitigate the effects of drought through capacity building, establishing a framework for national and regional reporting and sound policies, programmes and measures, standard setting, advocacy and resource mobilization and poverty reduction. The 5th ECO Ministerial Meeting on Environment”, (17 December 2014 – Istanbul) has mandated the Institute with the above project implementation.

About ECO
Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) is an intergovernmental regional organisation established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey as the successor of
Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD) (1964-1979) for promoting economic, technical and cultural cooperation.
In 1992, ECO was expanded to include seven new members, namely: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Republic of Uzbekistan.
The ECO region is full of bright trading prospects. Despite its young age, ECO has developed into a thriving regional organisation with growing international
stature.

About ECO-IEST
Following the proposal for establishment of a College of Environment to the ECO Ministerial Meeting (Istanbul, 2004), establishment of the ECO-IEST was
adopted at the 3rd ECO Ministerial Meeting on Environment (Almaty, 2006). IEST was formally inaugurated in February 9th, 2011.
The Institute organises training courses, consultation workshops, regional meetings, as well as facilitating networking and exchange of knowledge and
experiences. Conducting study programmes and development of regional projects are other activity fields of IEST.



Source: ECO-IEST