The basis for cooperation between the EU and Central Asia is the EU-Central Asia Strategy, adopted by the Council of the European Union in June 2007.
The strategy sets out a number of priorities for action on environment, and focuses on water including water supply and management as well as the promotion of cross-border river basin management. Other priorities include: combatting climate change, tackling desertification and safeguarding biodiversity.
Italy, together with the European Commission, coordinates EU Member State efforts to tackle environmental challenges in Central Asia. Within the framework of this coordination a Working Group on Environmental Governance and Climate Change was established.
DG Environment supports the activities of the Central Asia Regional Environmental Centre (CAREC) located in Almaty, Kazakhstan. CAREC is regarded as a unique regional environmental organisation bringing best practices in sustainable development to the region and promoting active participation by civil society in environmental decision-making. CAREC has been particularly successful in environmental education and awareness raising. CAREC web-page