MANY CONVERSATIONS FOR "ARAL".

On November 10, 2022, The Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of Turkmenistan, together with the United Nations Development Program, conducted the first presentation of the project "Conservation and sustainable management of land resources and ecosystems of special importance in the Aral Sea for multiple benefits".

The meeting was attended by the director of the Program Department of UNDP in Turkmenistan, the deputy head of the Department of International Environmental Cooperation and Project Coordination of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of Turkmenistan, regional experts of the State Committee on Water Management of Turkmenistan, and ecologists. Ms. Monika Moldovan, Regional Technical Officer for Biodiversity and Ecosystems of the Istanbul Regional Center of UNDP, Babageldi Kurbanov, Head of Production Practices of the Turkmen Agricultural Institute, and teachers of the Department of Agricultural Improvement of our institute took part in the video conference. The introductory meeting officially announced the start of the project, as well as its goals and objectives, as well as the final results.

They are:

• Industrial landscape, integrated land use planning, taking into account the preservation of key biodiversity habitats, thus ensuring the protection of important ecosystems within the geographical scope of the project in Dashoguz and Lebap velayats;

• Targeted support for the increase of land users and the elimination of factors affecting the decline of biodiversity, habitats and global importance, and for the improvement of the Kaplangyr and Amyderya state reserves in the project areas;

• Strengthen national capacities and implement regional cooperation to improve management and restoration of land and water resources in the Aral Sea basin;

• Evaluation and proper monitoring of project results.

Project manager Gozel Atamuradova spoke about the history of the Aral Sea crisis, a brief description of the project, national programs and strategies on the topic "Conservation and sustainable management of land resources and ecosystems of high natural value in the Aral Sea basin" according to the plan. Then Ms. Monika Moldovan advised how to implement the project. The water analyst of the project, Gurbanmyrat Ovezmyradov, noted that they consider activities within the framework of the project as a way to implement regional projects and programs with partners and are ready to develop cooperation in this field in the future.

During the meeting, the program and schedule of the project's activities until 2026 were discussed. The project solution was considered and approved in the consultation on the project "Conservation and sustainable management of land resources and ecosystems of special importance in the Aral Sea area for multiple benefits".

Saparmyrat Babajanov Head of the Department of Melioration of Agriculture of the Turkmen Agricultural Institute