The Ministry of Environment and Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic and UNITAR signed a Memorandum of Agreement concerning a project “Preparing a National Profile to Assess National Capacities for Implementation of the Aarhus Convention” in 2004.

Ms Djiparkul Bekkulova from the Ministry of Ecology and Emergency Situations served as focal point. A National Coordinating Team was established to guide and oversee project implementation.
 
National Planning Meeting
A National Planning Workshop took place on the 22nd June 2004 in Bishkek. Participants from a range of government agencies and stakeholder groups participated in the event. The workshop discussed the benefits of preparing the National Profile, and identified roles and responsibilities of the National Coordination Team members.
 
National Profile Development
The National Profile final version was presented at the Second Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention, 25-27 May 2005, Almaty, Kazakhstan. It is available from our publications page in Kyrgyz, Russian, and English.
 
The National Profile preparation process in the Kyrgyz Republic has revealed that although democratic legislation is in place, a number of capacity constraints and opportunities exist relevant to the three pillars of the Aarhus Convention. They include, for example: insufficient legal and environmental literacy in different sectors of society; the need for improved intergovernmental coordination; and low institutional and financial capacities of environmental agencies and organizations.
 
The development of the National Profile in the Kyrgyz Republic has contributed towards strengthening the dialogue between the Aarhus Convention Focal Point and various government sectors and stakeholders.