COP26. Aral Sea on the Agenda

Publication date: 10 November 2021
COP26. Aral Sea on the Agenda

Glasgow, Great Britain, November 9, 2021 – Central Asia Pavilion hosted a side-event “Increasing the resilience of the Aral Sea region to climate change through a systematic approach and partnership” in online and offline mode.

The side-event is organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan, UNDP Uzbekistan, Center of the Hydrometeorological Service of the Republic of Uzbekistan. 

The participants discussed how to overcome the environmental crisis of the Aral Sea region. They knew more about the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Human Security for the Aral Sea region in Uzbekistan. They noted the importance of partnership under the auspices of the UN. 

Experts said that the Aral Sea catastrophe goes far beyond the borders of the Central Asian countries. The Aral Sea drying out is one of the biggest ecological catastrophes of the present. Only 10 per cent of its territory remained. Urgent actions are required to address the environmental crisis of the Aral Sea. As noted, the UN General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution declaring the Aral Sea region "a zone of environmental innovations and technologies."


A large part of the Aral Sea territories turned into a desert, a source of dust storms in the Aral Sea zone and far beyond its border. The desiccation of the Aral Sea incited a range of ecological, socio-economic and demographic problems of a global nature in the Aral Sea region, where 40 million people live. The UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Human Security for the Aral Sea Region in Uzbekistan is designed to mobilize international funds to address the environmental catastrophe of the Aral Sea.

Tais Reznikova, Specialist, CAREC Water Initiatives Support Programme, presented the experience of CAREC under Dialogue Platform to manage transboundary water resources based on Blue Peace Index to evaluate the efficiency of water resources use. 

Central Asia Pavilion is organized by CAREC in cooperation with EC IFAS and IGTIPC under financial support of the World Bank, OSCE, ERG, FAO and UNDP.

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