The area of forest plantations on the dried bottom of the Aral Sea during the winter-spring period increased to 1.2 million hectares, the press service of the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade (MIFT) of Uzbekistan said.
On July 14, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan Sardor Umurzakov and UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic Helena Fraser held the fourth meeting of the Steering Committee of the Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Human Security for the Aral Sea region via videoconference.
It was noted at the meeting that 100 billion soums were allocated for the creation of protective forest plantations on the drained part of the Aral Sea. Planting desert plants – saxaul and tamarix – on the dry bottom of the Aral Sea should help keep the growing layer of sand and salt formed on the dried bottom of the sea on the ground.
During the event, new projects of the fund were approved – the construction of a multidisciplinary hospital in the Muynak region and support for the introduction of a number of innovations – for $ 12.4 million.
Recall that the fund, created in November 2018 under the auspices of the UN, plans to attract $ 123.2 million over five years to increase jobs, improve social and natural conditions in the disaster zone, where more than 2 million people live. The European Union, Norway and Finland have already allocated money to the fund. Agreements were reached with the governments of Japan, South Korea and Switzerland.