Bishkek, Sept. 21, 2017 / Kabar/. Almazbek Atambayev expressed his fear that according to forecasts, by 2025 the total area of glaciers in Kyrgyzstan could decrease on average by 30-40%, which can lead to 25-35% reduction in water availability in Central Asia, the Kyrgyz President said speaking at the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York.
He said that the consequences of climate change have already grown to a degree of threat, and mountain countries such as the Kyrgyz Republic turned out to be the first on the list of risks due to their complex mountain ecosystems.
"Climate change issues have an impact on all sectors of the Kyrgyz economy and cause significant damage in the form of increased natural disasters in mountainous areas - mudflows, landslides, floods and avalanches. Intensive melting of Kyrgyz glaciers, which are natural repositories, a zone of fresh water not only in Central Asia, but throughout the world, is of particular concern,"Atambayev said.
He added that by 2100 glaciers of the republic could disappear from the Earth's surface.
"Therefore, our country stands for the implementation of joint projects for the conservation of glaciers in the mountain ecosystems of the upstream. The deep essence of the transition to sustainable development lies in the survival of mankind and the simultaneous preservation of the biosphere. Due to climate change, various species of rare animals, the biodiversity of our mountain ecosystems, were endangered," the Kyrgyz president added.