The move to save the Aral Sea will be taken to international level

The move to save the Aral Sea will be taken to international level

The move to save the Aral Sea will be taken to international level. The joint-work is part of the cooperation between the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS) and global organizations. Leaders of Central Asian countries opined that the issue should be singled out as a separate field of work of the United Nations. The conclusion was reached at a summit held in Turkmenistan. The environmental situation in Central Asia region was discussed by the Presidents, who then outlined the action plan. The areas of IFAS’ modernization were also identified by Presidents of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Nursultan Nazarbayev suggested modernizing the fund’s organizational and legal frameworks. The fund will be ready to implement advanced technologies following a settlement of the legal aspects.

NURSULTAN NAZARBAYEV, PRESIDENT OF KAZAKHSTAN:

 - We need to make improvements in the fund’s organizational and legal frameworks based on the fund’s existing institutions. It will help improve the quality of operations, strengthen its potential and will help adapt the organization to the modern realities. Second, it’s time to automate the management, distribution, accounting and monitoring of the Aral Sea basin’s water resources and its quality. It will provide transparency to the use of water by the countries and will strengthen mutual confidence. As part of the Action Programs to assist the countries of the Aral Sea basin, implementation of regional projects should be the focus. This approach will significantly improve the effectiveness of our measures and expand the positive effect of cooperation.

It’s been 25 years since the Fund for saving the Aral Sea started its work. Kazakhstan is carrying out purposeful work to save the water ecosystem. Northern Aral has been restored. The water level is kept at a stable level, salinity has decreased and the flora and fauna are being restored. In general, more than 140 projects have been implemented to improve the sea’s environment. According to the parties, the works done is not enough to solve the problem and it is necessary to engage the world community in the issue.

The countries which founded the International Fund for saving the Aral Sea intend to coordinate their actions to solve the water issue. The President of Turkmenistan proposed to develop a special program under the auspices of the United Nations. In return, Kazakhstan’s leader raised the issue of the permanent dislocation of the IFAS Executive Committee in one of the five countries. Following the summit, the leaders of the Central Asian states adopted a joint communique.