Thursday, March 1, 2012

GlobalPittsburgh Hosting Delegation of Environmental Policymakers from Kazakhstan in March

GlobalPittsburgh is hosting a delegation of environmental policymakers from the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan March 2-11 as they study environmental programs and projects in the Pittsburgh region.

The group is coming to Pittsburgh through the Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, which enables emerging Eurasian political and civic leaders to work with their U.S. counterparts and experience American-style democracy at the local level.

While in Pittsburgh, the delegates will meet with their professional counterparts working on a variety of environmental issues in the region, learn about U.S. federal, regional, and local government initiatives that undertake environmental cleanup and promote environmentally friendly best practices, and learned about cooperative efforts involving nonprofit organizations, the private sector, and the general public.

Through the Open World program, the delegates and their U.S. Counterparts are able to learn new ways to protect the environment while benefiting the local and national economies.

The program is expected to lead to new collaborations between Pittsburgh organizations and organizations in Kazakhstan to help protect people’s health and the environment, and help better the economy of the United States and Kazakhstan.

Participants in the program are:
- Ms. Saltanat Kuatbekovna Baymurzanova
Executive Director, Foundation, "EcoIDEA" - Agency for Green Initiatives", NGO
- Ms. Yuliya Nikolayevna Dushkina
Standardization Specialist, Center for Kazakhstan's Sustainable Development, LLC
- Ms. Irina Olegovna Ignatovich
Deputy Director; SPARE (School Project on Application of Resources and Energy)
Program Coordinator, EcoObraz – Non-Government Association Center of Coordination and Information on Ecological Education
- Mr. Yevgeniy Vladimirovich Klimov
President, Foundation of Integration of Ecological Culture
- Ms. Mariya Leonidovna Kurnikova
Manager of the Aarhus Center in Pavlodar, “ECOM”
NGO Member of Coordination Council, Youth Ecological Network of Kazakhstan
Accompanied by:
 Ms. Nadezhda Mikhailovna Polchenko


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