Aral Sea problem discussed in Berlin
May 27. KAZINFORM. ASTANA
The Embassy of Kazakhstan in Germany in cooperation with the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union of Germany (NABU) held a forum on The Aral Sea: from lake to desert – life with ecological disaster in Berlin.
The forum was organized under the patronage of Minister of Environmental Protection of Kazakhstan Nurgali Ashimov and Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany Norbert Rottgen, Kazinform has learnt from the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Germany N. Onzhanov noted in his welcoming speech that the dramatic situation with the Aral Sea with its disastrous consequences is relatively unknown in Europe, particularly in Germany. The Aral Sea problem can have dramatic consequences not only for the nearby region but for the rest of the world as well.
The President of NABU Olaf Tschimpke told about realization of the ecological projects and development of tourism in Kazakhstan, pointing out the positive results of preventive measures such as building the dams and directing water from the Syrdarya river into the Aral Basin which helps maintain ‘The Small Aral Sea’ in the north of the region.
Chairman of the executive committee of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea Sagit Ibatullin told about the work of the Fund and said that their structural departments became a regional platform for development and adoption of bilateral and multilateral agreements as well as for recognition of international conventions on usage of the near-border water recourses.
Population growth, climate change, expansion of irrigated areas and increase in demand for hydro-energy were named among the factors impacting sustainable management of water recourses in Central Asia.
A German Professor told about the project he manages in the Aral Sea region. This is the project on “Rise in ecological and economic wellbeing in the Aral Sea region”. Besides, he offered his ways of solution of the ecological situation in the region.
The parties discussed the ways of possible mutual actions they have to take to prevent the further desertification and save biodiversity in the Aral Sea region and improve water economic infrastructure and drinking water quality.
Within the forum a film “Aral: yesterday, today, tomorrow” was demonstrated.
One of the purposes of the meeting was to depict the actual situation of the region, to draw the public’s attention to the problem and call for common work to save the Sea.
Within the presidency in the OSCE Kazakhstan emphasizes and draws prior attention to the ecological problem of the Aral Sea at the international negotiations of the UN Framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC). The next regular meeting on this Convention is scheduled for May 31 – June 11, 2010 in Bonn.