Since independence, Uzbekistan has consistently been implementing a strategy for large-scale constructive socio-political and socio-economic transformations aimed at achieving: peace in the country, prosperity in the homeland, well-being of the people.

The socially oriented market economy, state and public construction system of independent Uzbekistan are developing dynamically. Successive implementation of socio-economic reforms, strong social policy has resulted in a steady growth in real incomes and prosperity of the population. Systems of education and training, personnel training, health protection, and culture that are unique in substance and content have been created.

A new generation of people, independently and modernly thinking personnel of new formation who are brought up on national and panhuman values and able to really implement large-scale tasks for modernization of the country and construction of modern democratic society, people with a deep sense of their responsibility for the present and future of the country, responsibility for destiny of their native country are entering into life. The successive movement of the country on the way of progress and democracy rests on richest natural resources, which Uzbekistan possesses. Since the first days of independent development, a course was set for rational use of natural resources, conservation of clean natural environment for future generations. This is one of the major conditions and factors for ensuring healthy and spiritually rich life of the population in the country.

The age of the totalitarian, administrative-command system, which our people have survived, is characterized by complete neglect of environmental condition, destructive exploitation of natural resources. We have inherited from this age a number of unsolved global and regional environmental problems, including the Aral Sea desiccation, desertification, land and water resources degradation, degradation of flora and fauna gene pool, reduction of biological diversity, formation of large quantities of industrial and other waste. These and other problems make the issues of environmental protection and improvement especially urgent for present-day Uzbekistan, for which the goal and essence of all implemented reforms is human, protection of his interests and, above all, rights to healthy, clean environment.

For the years of its independent development, the country has acquired a considerable experience in solving environmental problems and overcoming their negative consequences. However, the strength and scope of challenges existing in this field require consolidating efforts of state structures, public associations, civil society institutions, citizens in integrated solving of environmental situation improvement problems in the country and region. The protection of healthy environment should become a business of the government, society and each citizen of the country.