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NEWS AND EVENTS
February 16, 2006
Central Asian states discuss green customs initiative
Tashkent is hosting four-day Central Asian sub-regional seminar \"Initiative of green customs\". Green customs is an initiative, which offers information and training materials for customs officials to combat illegal trade in commodities of environmental concern.

Speaking at the conference deputy chairman of the Uzbek Customs Committee, Shuhrat Hayrullaev said crimes on damaging environment is second largest threat after smuggling of drugs. He said Uzbekistan is ready to cooperation with organization, engaged in these problems. He said the sides can prevent crimes connected with environment in cooperation.

Environmental crimes cause damage for US$22-31 billion annually. Illegal trade of commodities damage health of people and environment, as well as extinction of rare types of flora and fauna. It also decreases income level of the state.

The seminal allows participants to exchange information and implement environmental conventions, as well as prevent environmental crimes. It will also raise awareness of customs officials on ecologic agreements and provide opportunity to discuss and develop measures on implementation of these documents.

The workshop is attended by customs officials from Central Asian states, UNEP, The Secretariats of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), the World Trade Organization, UNDP and others.


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