A country in difficulties – political unrest and oppression, severe environmental issues and poverty. Although only 28% of the population is below the poverty line the political conditions make it very difficult to improve the economic situation. Public participation in decision-making is difficult and has already led to political murder.
Uzbekistan often associated with the Aral Sea, a shrinking and heavily polluted inland sea. Chemicals and natural salts are concentrated on the dried out seabed, strong winds blow these around the countryside making the people ill and destroying their crops and agricultural lands.
Water availability and safety are low, 84% of the rural population have no access to safe water and only 52% have adequate sanitation. These were the focus areas of WECF – improving water and sanitation through ecological sanitation and water management. Currently, WECF activities in the country have been halted due to the political situation.
Support of climate protection via sustainable energy by training and capacity building of local partner NGOs in Caucasus and Central Asia and networking between them
„Förderung des Klimaschutzes durch nachhaltige Energie mittels Training, Kapazitätsausbau und Vernetzung lokaler NRO-Partner im Kaukasus und in Zentralasien“
Empowerment & Local Action (ELA) Uzbekistan
Building the capacity of poor local communities in rural areas in Uzbekistan