Sadyr Zhaparov speaks about measures to protect mountain biodiversity in Kyrgyzstan
President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Zhaparov spoke about the measures taken to protect mountain biodiversity in the country.
Speaking online at the 15th Conference of Parties (COP15) of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, which is taking place in Kunming, President Zhaparov said that each year we are facing more negative influence of climate change on our unique ecosystem of the great Tian Shan and Pamir.
“Due to this reason we are acting together with the interested states and conduct adaptive measures to protect mountain biodiversity. The protection of a such noble animal as snow leopard from the extinctions is one of the successful international initiatives. I would like to remind that our country hosted the World Forums on Snow Leopard and its Ecosystems Preservation in 2013 and 2017. Recently the UN General Assembly have supported our initiative and adopted the resolution “Nature knows no borders…” in which the importance of multilateral cooperation for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity effective implementation is also mentioned,” he said.
Zhaparov added that today fifteen types of mammals, twenty six types of birds, one hundred fifty types of insects and more than thirty types of other invertebrates are under threat of extinction in Kyrgyzstan.
“Our country gives priority to the protection of special natural territories and the increase of mountain forests which are a home for many animals and plants from the red book of the country. We are planning to increase the area of protected natural territories, in accordance with the international commitments of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. Also, we are in favor of development and adoption of a special target program on mountain forests under the UN aegis. In this regard I seek the support of the UN Member States and the Secretary-General for this and the above-mentioned international initiatives of Kyrgyzstan,” President Zhaparov said.
Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency