In Kazakhstan, as in the rest of the world, a high-quality environment and a solution to existing environmental problems are gaining more and more importance and relevance. As a result, over the past 3 years, Kazakhstan has been undergoing a major environmental reform, which is focused on introducing the best international practices, in particular, the principles of the OECD countries in the field of ecology and sustainable development. The success of the reform will largely depend on the consolidated actions of the Government, which should lead to the transformation of the economy and its transition not only to low-carbon development, but also to an increase in knowledge-intensive and technological industries. It is clear that this cannot be achieved only through the efforts of the Ministry of Ecology and requires support from the economic and industrial blocks of the Government. In addition, the environmental reform will require support and understanding from the top management of large industrial companies and the public, whose role in the new Environmental Code is given great importance. In this regard, it is necessary to create a wide expert dialogue platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience and values in the field of ecology and sustainable development, which will involve representatives of the public sector, business and the population. Unfortunately, now such a platform has not been formed in Kazakhstan. There are highly specialized platforms where experts from only one sector or sphere gather, often specialized without the participation of political civil servants and the interested public. These include: Green energy & waste recycling forum “(GEWR), dedicated primarily to waste recycling, International Summit on Renewable Energy, International Business Festival on Renewable Energy and others. In addition to narrow-industry forums, environmental issues from the perspective of industry are discussed at separate sessions of the forum of the KAZENERGY Association, the mining and geological forum MINEX-Kazakhstan, the International Mining and Metallurgical Congress and others. Economic and financial aspects of environmental issues are discussed at the Astana Economic Forum. Thus, companies of the green sector, industrialists, economists and politicians, eco-activists do not have a common dialogue platform to form a consolidated position on sustainable development issues and develop recommendations for achieving the goals set by the country’s leadership.
In this regard, the ECOJER Association sees expediency in creating a consolidating expert dialogue platform in the form of the ECOJER International Congress
(hereinafter – Congress “ECOJER”).
The purpose of the ECOJER Congress
Combine the efforts of state bodies at the level of top and middle management, financial and industrial groups, eco-activists and experts in the field of sustainable development, green business companies and international donor organizations, interested in the public in solving the following tasks:
- Development of proposals and recommendations for the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on environmental and sustainable development issues, as well as increasing the share of "green" investments in Kazakhstan;
- Exchange of experience and competencies in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development;
- Formation of conditions for the development of b2b-relations and the creation of joint "green" projects;
- Raising awareness and raising the ecological culture of the society;
- Popularization of the idea of sustainable development.
The target audience
Political civil servants and middle managers of state bodies, TOP and Middle management of financial and industrial groups, eco-activists, experts in the field of sustainable development, representatives of green business companies and international donor organizations.
Key issues of the theme of the Congress “ECOJER”
They will focus on decarbonization and transformation of the economy, the development of a circular economy, support and development of environmental start-ups and innovations, sustainable cities, environmental culture and education, water resources and biodiversity. A more detailed architecture of the ECOJER Congress is presented in the appendix. Format: sessions of the ECOJER Congress will be held via video conferencing (hereinafter referred to as VKS) and offline with live broadcast of individual sessions on Facebook and Youtube. This format will minimize financial costs, attract more audience, and comply with the existing sanitary and epidemiological requirements.