Environmental Issues were Discussed in Almaty

Central Asian scientists, politicians and agrarians discuss issues of land degradation and desertification.

The forum in Almaty is organized by the United Nations Development Program.

Each country has from 40 to 100 percent of the unsuitable land. The annual damage from the lost humus is worth US$12.5 billion.

The forum participants plan to develop an action plan on saving lands and implementing the plan in Central Asian countries.

“Today Kazakhstan actively works with international organizations to fight against these problems. In the last 15 years, we have implemented more than 30 projects worth US$52 million. One of these projects is successful planting of saxaul trees on the drained bottom of the Aral Sea. We have managed to plant 3-5-meter long saxaul trees on 56,000 hectares,” said Kazakh Vice Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources, Yerlan Nysanbayev.

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