The Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (CAREC) was established in accordance with the decision of the 4th Pan-European Conference, held in 1998 in Aarhus (Denmark).

CAREC began work in 2001 after ratification by the Republic of Kazakhstan of the Agreement on the working conditions of the Center as an independent, non-profit and non-political organization of an international nature.

The founders of CAREC are the countries of Central Asia: the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the European Commission (EC).

The head office of CAREC is located in the Republic of Kazakhstan, in the city of Almaty. CAREC country offices operate in five Central Asian states.


“Promoting multisectoral cooperation in Central Asia at the national and regional levels to address environmental issues.”


– Establishment of an intersectoral dialogue in Central Asia with the participation of the donor community.
– Promoting the attraction to Central Asia of advanced knowledge, best international practices and technologies in the field of environmental management and sustainable development.
– Promotion of the role of civil society in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development of Central Asia.


The governing body of CAREC is the Board of Governors (SU). The Council consists of 13 people, on an equal footing, includes representatives of ministries, the business sector, donor and non-governmental organizations in Central Asia.