The Ministry of Agriculture of Uzbekistan and GIZ are starting to implement a project for the environmental development of the Aral Sea region
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- Minister of Agriculture Jamshid Khodjaev and project manager of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) Paul Schumacher signed an agreement on the implementation of the project "Environmentally oriented regional development in the Aral Sea region" aimed at supporting the governments of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in achieving sustainable transboundary ecological and economic development of the Aral Sea region.
“The rural population working in the agrarian sector of Karakalpakstan and the Khorezm region suffers greatly from the consequences of the Aral catastrophe,” noted Minister Jamshid Khodjaev, “therefore, environmentally oriented regional development in the Aral Sea region is very important for us.
The concept of the new project is in line with the key priorities of the “Strategy for the Development of Agriculture until 2030”, including “Food Security of the Population” and “Development of Rural Areas”, and also reflects the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The main components of the new project: the provision of consulting services, digitalization, geographic information system, remote sensing, cross-border cooperation and others.
“We are also open to exchange information with our neighbors from Kazakhstan. I am confident that this project and our own development plans will enable us all to achieve strong synergies and results,” he said.
The four-year project with a budget of 8 million euros will be implemented based on an integrated approach to economic development, taking into account the minimization of negative impact on environmental and social aspects.