The Aral Sea issue is on the focus of the German press
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) - “The Aral Sea Region - a zone of environmental innovations and new technologies” is the title of the article by independent journalist Birgit Wetzel, published in the latest issue of the German magazine “Business and Diplomacy”, Dunyo reported.
The author of the article, who, along with more than 300 politicians and experts from around the world, participated in the International High-Level Conference under the auspices of the UN in Nukus last October, shares her impressions of the trip to the region and the initiatives voiced at the events. As noted in the material, Uzbekistan is firmly consolidating its position in the international arena step by step, attracting advanced knowledge and technologies from around the world, becoming a regional leader in Central Asia.
The Aral Sea, comparable in area to 68 thousand square kilometers with German Bavaria, has dried up by 90 percent and its fate is a tragedy that goes beyond national and regional borders. “Undoubtedly, this is one of the largest global environmental disasters of our time,” writes Wetzel.
The situation with the Aral Sea is a challenge for the whole of Central Asia and also has global aspects. The leadership of Uzbekistan for many years independently made numerous attempts to mitigate the consequences of the disaster, implementing a number of large-scale projects in the Aral Sea zone. So, in Muynak, a new raw cotton processing plant was built, on which 700 new jobs were created. “I was here in April and since then much has changed,” quotes the author of the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, P. Burian.
In this context, the new EU strategy for Central Asia, adopted in May 2019, is aimed at developing cooperation and promoting sustainable development of the states of the region and Uzbekistan, in particular.
Now calls to help the Aral Sea region are increasingly voiced from the stands of the UN, EU and other international organizations around the world. “Although the water has left, I hope that life in the Aral Sea region will be revived by attracting new technologies, innovations and investments. This is the only way to save life in the region and prevent the expansion of the scale of the ecological catastrophe,” the author concludes.