The meeting of the “Eurasia World” Public Foundation expert club on the topic of the Green Economy as a model for the sustainable development of Eurasian countries took place in January this year in Almaty.
The issues of reducing pressure on the environment from production capacities, switching to new energy sources and promoting environmental thinking are becoming increasingly relevant. The importance of this process is underlined in the UN sustainable development goals. Kazakhstan is actively implementing the Concept for the transition to a green economy. At the international level Kazakhstan acts as the initiator of a number of environmental projects. Thus, the Green Bridge initiative supported by the UN General Assembly was launched in 2010. Later on, the specialized exhibition EXPO-2017 under the slogan of the “Energy of the Future” took place in the capital of Kazakhstan in 2017. In 2016, the Eurasian Technological Platforms were formed within the framework of the EAEU among which the Ecological Development Technologies platform which defines a list of the main joint environmental projects.
The topic of the meeting is of particular importance in the context of the upcoming XVII interregional forum for cooperation between Russia and Kazakhstan. The forum will be held in 2020 in the city of Kokshetau and will be dedicated to cooperation in the field of ecology and “Green” growth.
Among the topical issues of the expert club meeting were the opportunities of the EAEU countries in promoting energy efficiency and resource conservation both within national borders and within the framework of an integration association; institutional, organizational, and economic conditions for green transformation; the future of renewable energy globally and regionally. Ecotourism has also come into view as one of the new directions for the development of the green economy.
Representatives of Kazakhstani academia and business community such as economists, political scientists, sociologists, prominent public figures, economic and political observers took part in the expert discussion. Lesya Karatayeva, chief researcher of the KazISS also participated in the expert club discussion.