Central Asia review
Uzbekistan and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development are planning to expand cooperation in tourism. According to the Trend news agency, the corresponding memorandum was signed at the EBRD headquarters in London. The agreement provides the financing of projects that contribute to the development of infrastructure, preservation, sustainable management and operation of historical heritage sites as well as the promotion of cultural tourism. A strategic integrated master plan for the tourism development of the Khiva and Khorezm regions will be developed based on the recommendations of the Smithsonian Institution and the UN World Tourism Organization.
The development of the fourth Aral Sea basin program has been launched. An important agreement will be a basis for the sustainable development of Central Asia, as well as for the intensification of interstate interaction as part of the International Fund for saving the Aral Sea which is aimed at improving the conditions and quality of life in the Aral Sea area. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan created the fund in the 1990s. 10 years ago, the organization was granted an observer status in the UN General Assembly.
According to the Trend news agency, Turkmenistan intends to include the carpet weaving tradition into the UNESCO’s world heritage list. This list previously included unique historical and cultural monuments of the country, particularly, Ancient Merv, Kunya Urgench and Ancient Nisa. Last year, the Turkmen Kushtdepdi rite of singing and dancing was included into the list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. In addition, the work is underway on registering the akhalteke horse breed. The Koiten Dagh ecosystem and the Badhiz State Nature Reserve will soon join the UNESCO World Heritage List.