E-discussion on the uranium tailings in Kyrgyzstan

Dear colleagues,

The Digital Information Network – CARNet is launching an electronic discussion Uranium Tailings: Local Problems, Regional Consequences, Global Solution” at http://caresd.net.

The online discussion will run from 10 March-30 April 2008 as part of the informational support for the high-level International Forum of Donors, to be held on the initiative of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic in June 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The purpose of the online discussion is to contribute to the improved regional coverage of radioactive tailings impacts on environment and involve the public of Central Asia in the discussion of this problem.

The mid-results of the online discussion will be submitted to the Regional Conference on uranium tailings, to be held in April 2009, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The results of the online discussion will also provide the background information for the analytical report that will be published and submitted to donors at the International Forum of Donors.

All interested parties including experts in such areas as radiological safety, emergencies, public health, tailings management, as well as representatives of NGO, local communities, private business, donors, international organizations are invited to submit their views on the problem of uranium tailings.

More detailed information is available at: http://uranium.carnet.kg

You can register and post your comments in the electronic discussion forum at http://forum.carnet.kg

The discussion is organized around 4 thematic areas:

  • Section 1: Impacts of Tailings on Environment and Human Health. Moderator: Natalya Rashepkina – Leading Environmental Engineer, Chui Ecological Laboratory Ltd., Kyrgyzstan. e-mail: rana56@mail.ru
  • Section 2: Problems of Uranium Tailings in a Transboundary Context. Moderator: Vyacheslav Aparin – Head of the laboratory “Geoecology”, PE “Institute HYDROINGEO”, Uzbekistan. e-mail: aparin@inbox.ru
  • Section 3: Effective Management of Tailings: Sharing Experience. Moderator: Saltanat Baimurzanova – Manager of Career Development, PF “EcoIDEA”, Kazakhstan. e-mail: salta79@bk.ru
  • Section 4: Joint Proposals to the Regional Conference in Bishkek and International Forum of Donors in Geneva. Moderator: Dmitriy Prudskih – Director of the Aarhuss Center, Khudzhent, Tajikistan. e-mail: ygpe@sugdinter.com

Regional moderator of the online discussion – Alexey Kobzev, Director of International Relations Unit, Environmental Movement of Uzbekistan, National Coordinator of CARNet in Uzbekistan. e-mail: ecopol@tps.uz

The online discussion is held with support of the UNDP project in Kyrgyzstan “Assessment of Radioactive Waste Management Capabilities of Kyrgyzstan in a Transboundary Context”.

During the period of launching of the discussion forum more than 40 invitations have been sent to experts in 4 countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan), as well as information was spread in the internet (http://caresd.net, http://www.ekois.net, www.ecoforum.uz, www.eco.uz, www.carecnet.org etc.); For this period (10-13 March) there have been posted about 20 information-analytical materials, more than 70 comments, and 20 participants were registered.

CARNet Network is interested in drawing the attention of as many partners as possible in Central Asia, as well as beyond it to the problem of uranium tailings and we seek your support in our activity and expect:

Active participation of all stakeholders in the online discussion:

  • “Uranium Tailings: Local Problems, Regional Consequences, Global Solutions”;
  • Wider dissemination of information about the discussion and participation of stakeholders and authoritative experts;
  • Placement of information about the discussion on all available internet resources;
  • Exchange of information on the problems and state of radioactive tailings in Central Asia region and countries, in particular.

For more information on the discussion, please, contact the regional and National Coordinators or the Coordinator of the portal Irina Chistyakova by the following e-mail: ira-ch@elcat.kg.