Planting Environmental Progress in Uzbekistan

Posted by Bruce Hudspeth
May 3, 2010
Embassy Tashkent Employees and Volunteers Plant Trees in Seattle Peace Park

About the Author: Bruce Hudspeth serves as Regional Environmental Hub Officer at U.S. Embassy Tashkent.

My colleagues and I who serve at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, celebrated Earth Day by helping plant 60 trees in Seattle Peace Park, named after the Uzbekistan capital's sister city in the United States. We were joined by scores of volunteers who helped us commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the modern environmental movement.

Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Duane Butcher was on hand for the event, and spoke about U.S.-Uzbekistan cooperation on environmental issues. Also joining in the celebration were city and national government officials, representatives from Uzbek environmental groups and NGOs, and local children whose beautiful artwork was prominently displayed throughout the park. As a sign of international cooperation, the trees that were planted are all native to North America. "We hope that together we can make sure that these trees will be properly protected, and grow tall and beautiful for many years to come," said DCM Butcher during his remarks. "Today, our planet needs international dedication and commitment to preserve and protect the earth's resources. While we take time to recognize our achievements, we should not lose sight of the challenges that remain, and continue to build upon the legacy of the modern environmental movement started forty years ago."

The United States began providing assistance to Uzbekistan in 1993, soon after the country became independent. Since that time, the United States has provided over $300 million in programs that support development of a prosperous Uzbekistan. The U.S. Embassy in Tashkent directly administers a program of small grants, many of which have been used to fund environmental initiatives proposed and implemented by concerned Uzbek scientists, activists, and citizens. These have included awareness programs, environmental clean-up projects, and support to water users associations.

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May 4, 2010

Henry in Philippines writes:

The progress growing health in economicindustry is a worth of money value of conserved more in living agriculture fishery and others that added money to our goverment keep health clean our world.

Uzbekistan G.
May 7, 2010

U.G. in Uzbekistan writes:

Thank you Bruce! We rarely see positive information about Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan as every body knows is located in a Semi Arid Zone and need deliberate efforts for tree plantation. Uzbek Government and President Islam Karimov must be commended for making efforts in planting new saplings regularly. Tashkent is the green City because of Government efforts and help from international donors. State Department is Doing a great Job and many people in Uzbekistan will appreciate the efforts of Mr Bruce.


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