The Aral Sea problem: New approaches, innovative solutions and investmentsInternational conference on “Joint actions on mitigating the consequences of the Aral catastrophe: new approaches, innovative solutions, investments” was held at International Hotel Tashkent.
The event was organized jointly by the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan, Ministry of Innovative Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan, International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia, representative offices of the United Nations Development Program, UNESCO, the World Bank, the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Project Coordinator of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Uzbekistan, the Standing Committee for Scientific and Technological Cooperation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, JSC “Uzbekistan factory on preparation and processing of a scrap and waste of nonferrous metals”, Scientific Information Center of the Interstate Commission for coordination of agriculture and other international and domestic organizations.
The conference was attended by deputies of parliaments and heads of ministries and agencies of Central Asian countries, specialists and experts of the state governing bodies and administration, national and foreign specialists, representatives of foreign companies, international organizations, leading financial institutions interested in investing in projects on improvement of the environmental situation in the Aral Sea region, employees of non-governmental non-profit organizations.
It was noted that countries of the Aral Basin need large investments, new technical and innovative solutions for joint systemic measures on stabilizing the environmental situation in the Aral Sea region.
At the meetings held within the framework of the conference, activities of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea and the new Action Program on problems of the Aral Sea basin, issues of deepening cooperation between the countries of the region on joint use of water resources of transboundary rivers in Central Asia, economic and social development of the Aral Sea zone and creation under the auspices of the UN of a Multi-Partner Trust Fund for human security in the Aral Sea region, intensification of forest reclamation works on drained bottom of the Aral Sea were discussed.
At the conference, a package of projects aimed at improving the environmental and socio-economic situation in the Aral Sea region was approved. Within the framework of the event, a memorandum of cooperation was signed on coordinating the forestry on the dried seabed between the United Nations Development Program in Uzbekistan and the State Forestry Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as in the field of environmental protection between the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan and the Standing Committee for Scientific and Technological Cooperation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
Within the framework of the conference, participants visited the districts of the Aral Sea region, they got acquainted with the situation in the region.
Nasiba Ziyodullayeva, photo by Farkhod Abdurasulov, UzA