INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 233 November 27, 2017

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State visit of the President of Uzbekistan to the Republic of Korea.. 1

Historical visit that determined new prospects of mutually beneficial cooperation. 1

POLITICS

Condolences to the President of Egypt 2

Export.. 3

Since the beginning of the year, Uzbekistan has delivered fruit and vegetable products to 54 countries of the world. 3

International cooperation.. 5

Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan: Celebration of friendship and good-neighborliness. 5

PROBLEMS OF ARAL AND WATER RESOURCES OF MIDDLE ASIA.. 6

Our Love and Pain, Aral! 6

 

State visit of the President of Uzbekistan to the Republic of Korea

Historical visit that determined new prospects of mutually beneficial cooperation

On November 22-24, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev paid a state visit to the Republic of Korea at the invitation of President Moon Jae-in.

The state visit of the President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Republic of Korea was comprehensively fruitful. Issues of financing large investment projects, further intensification of cooperation in the spheres of economy, energy, finance, investments, high technologies, increasing the trade turnover, expansion of humanitarian ties, strengthening cooperation between ministries and departments were discussed at the negotiations.

Within the framework of the visit, over 60 documents worth more than 10 billion dollars were signed in trade-economic, investment, financial, technical and other spheres. Of these, 4,5 billion dollars are direct investment.

The reached agreements and the signed documents will serve the consistent development of strategic partnership between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Korea, further improving the welfare of our countries and people.

On November 24, the Head of our state received the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Chairman of the International Olympic Committee’s Ethics Commission Ban Ki-moon.

At the meeting, held in the spirit of sincerity and openness, the Head of our state recalled fruitful joint projects between Uzbekistan and the UN that were implemented during the period of activity of Ban Ki-moon as Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Ban Ki-moon highly appreciated the state visit of the President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Republic of Korea and noted that its results opened a new stage towards further development of cooperation of the two countries based on traditional friendship and mutual trust.

It was noted that the initiatives of Uzbekistan are of great importance for the transformation of Central Asia into a stable and economically developed region.

Ban Ki-moon expressed gratitude to Shavkat Mirziyoyev for his contribution to strengthening Uzbekistan – South Korea relations.

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea Chung Sye-kyun.

The Speaker, warmly welcoming the Head of our state, noted that strengthening relations of friendship and strategic partnership between South Korea and Uzbekistan play an important role in expanding the full-scale cooperation of our countries.

Important agreements were reached on development of inter-parliamentary cooperation, further expansion of contacts in this direction during the negotiations that were held on September 26, in Tashkent. Today’s meeting, which is the logical continuation of those negotiations, also took place in the spirit of mutual trust and sincerity.

The President of our country got acquainted with the activities of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea.

The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the Mayor’s Office of the capital of the Republic of Korea. The Mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon met the Head of our state.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev left a record in the Book of honored guests.

At the meeting it was emphasized that Uzbekistan and South Korea are firmly bound by traditional friendship, relations of mutually beneficial cooperation and strategic partnership.

Dozens of major projects with participation of leading banks and companies of South Korea have been implemented and continue to be realized in various sectors of the economy of Uzbekistan. Official Seoul has traditionally been a leading investment and technology partner in implementing priority programs on diversification and modernization of industry and infrastructure of our country.

The Head of our state, on July 3 of this year, received the Mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon in Tashkent. Issues of development of practical cooperation between the sister cities – Tashkent and Seoul, were discussed during the meeting.

At the current meeting, special attention was paid to the use of advanced experience of South Korea in the field of city management, development of the transport system, housing and communal services on the basis of modern technologies. The importance of active interaction in the spheres of urban planning, architecture and landscape design was noted.

The ceremony of awarding the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev the title of Honorary Citizen of Seoul was held. Speakers at the ceremony noted the dynamic development of cooperation between Uzbekistan and South Korea, that the state visit of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev is of great importance for further strengthening friendly relations between the two countries.

The Head of our state proposed to name one of the streets of Tashkent in honor of Seoul as a sign of friendship between our people.

The President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev was solemnly awarded the medal of Honorary Citizen of Seoul.

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Lee Nak-yon.

In recent years, cooperation between Uzbekistan and South Korea has acquired a large scale. During the state visit of the President of Uzbekistan to this country, agreements were reached on further cooperation in the fuel and energy, chemical, transport and transport-communications sectors, in mining, light and food, automotive industries, in the spheres of agriculture, trade, logistics, information technologies and telecommunications, medicine, tourism, science, education and culture.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Lee Nak-yon discussed issues of consistent implementation of the reached agreements, further improvement of joint activity on new projects.

At the meeting it was noted that the state visit of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev will contribute to further development of cooperation between our countries, the consistent strengthening of relations of strategic partnership.

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, accompanied by the President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in, visited the National Museum of Korea, in Seoul.

The museum is one of the largest historical and cultural centers of the country. It is founded in 1945, began to operate in a new building with a unique architecture in 2005. The museum is the largest in Asia and the sixth in the world. Its collection contains more than 220 thousand historical, art, archaeological and other exhibits.

The President of our country got acquainted with the exhibits of the museum. An agreement was reached on further expansion of cultural and humanitarian relations between our countries.

Thereupon, the state visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Republic of Korea ended. Due to high political and economic achievements, this visit will go down in history as an important event in relations between our countries and will raise bilateral cooperation to a new level.

(Source: UzA)

POLItiCs

Condolences to the President of Egypt

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed his condolences to the President of Egypt in connection with the terrorist attack in the north of Sinai Peninsula.

Uzbek President sent the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

The message said that Uzbekistan was deeply saddened by news of the terrorist act in Sinai Peninsula, which resulted in the death and injury of many innocent people and law enforcement officers.

“Uzbekistan sharply condemns this despicable outcry and its executors,” Shavkat Mirziyoyev in his message said.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed his sincere condolences and sympathy to the President and people of Egypt, the families and friends of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the injured people.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Export

Since the beginning of the year, Uzbekistan has delivered fruit and vegetable products to 54 countries of the world

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev chaired a meeting on November 20, devoted to the implementation of tasks on saturating the domestic market with agricultural products, especially in the coming winter/spring period, deepening the level of its processing and production of ready-made food products, expanding the volume of export supplies of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as formation of the state order for the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables, potatoes, melons and grapes for 2018.

The meeting saw members of the government, heads of ministries, departments and economic associations responsible for fulfilling the state order for agricultural products.

A number of measures aimed at expanding the areas for cultivating crops in demand on the domestic and foreign markets, increasing the volume of fruit and vegetable processing, stimulating producers in order to increase the export of fruit and vegetable products are being implemented under the leadership of the President of our country.

The system of the state order for the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetable products was introduced in order to store it for sustainable saturation of the domestic consumer market in winter/spring period, as well as to meet the needs of domestic food industry enterprises.

In the current year, the volumes of areas released from grain crops have been significantly expanded, for repeated crops of the most popular types of agricultural products. About 65 thousand tons of products grown on repeated crops were exported only in September/October, which is 1,4 times more than the indicators of the same period of the last year.

In general, fruit and vegetable products have been delivered to 54 countries since the beginning of the year, new markets have been developed in countries such as Bangladesh, the Philippines, Syria, Taiwan, Jordan, Macedonia and others.

The Republican commission for monitoring and controlling prices for the main types of socially significant food products have been established in order to prevent seasonal fluctuations in prices in the domestic consumer market on fruit and vegetable products. Measures have been taken on saturating the market with products on which there had been a deficit and high prices, due to its import. In the context of the regions, the parameters for the stowage of the main types of agricultural products for the forthcoming winter/spring period in the amount of more than 490 thousand tons were approved.

The Head of our state noted that it is necessary to ensure the abundance of selective vegetables and fruits, qualitative food products at stable prices in winter/spring period.

Along with the implemented positive activity, the fact that activities on timely stowage of agricultural products for the forthcoming winter/spring period do not meet the proper requirements in a number of regions, has been criticized. Particular attention was paid to the implementation of the President’s instructions related to the city of Tashkent, Bukhara, Namangan and Sirdarya regions.

On the basis of concrete figures and facts, the unacceptably low activity of commercial banks in the process of stowage of agricultural products, especially in Tashkent, Namangan, Sirdarya and Samarkand regions was noted.

Taking this into account, specific instructions were given on ensuring the additional 330 thousand tons of agricultural products by the end of November for implementation in the forthcoming winter/spring period at affordable prices. The main responsibility for this is assigned to the leadership of “Uzbekozikovkatzakhira” association, taking into account its reorganization conducted in October this year and additional privileges, preferences and opportunities provided to its constituent organizations.

At the same time, commercial banks were recommended to significantly increase the volume of concessional lending resources for procurement of agricultural products by farmers in dehkan and private subsidiary farms.

At the meeting, particular attention was paid to insufficient use of reserves and use of presented opportunities for expanding the export of fresh fruit and vegetable products, taking into account measures taken on increasing the volume of re-sowing of agricultural crops.

The President of our country pointed to the specific shortcomings in activities of the heads of “Uzbekozikovkatholding” holding company and “Uzagroexport” JSC in terms of assisting farms in expanding the volumes and range of exported products. Insufficient work in this direction in Tashkent, Kashkadarya, Namangan regions, as well as in the Republic of Karakalpakstan was criticized. At the same time, special attention was paid to the activities of khokims of 66 districts specialized in growing fruits and vegetables.

In order to create necessary conditions for further expansion of the country’s export potential and increasing the supply of fresh fruit and vegetable products to foreign markets, Shavkat Mirziyoyev instructed the government to develop a Program on creating large logistic centers in the regions with attraction of financial resources of the Agency for restructuring agricultural enterprises in the amount of up to 200 million dollars, in cooperation with “Uzbekozikovkatholding” HC, the Central Bank and commercial banks, within 10 days. Attention was paid to the fact that these logistics centers must comply with modern standards and have all the necessary conditions for the stowage, storage, processing, packaging, transportation and export of fruit and vegetable products.

At the meeting, main attention was paid to issues related to forming the parameters of the state order for the purchase and use of fresh fruit and vegetable products, potatoes, melons and grapes for 2018. The preparatory work in this direction and the main parameters of the state order were discussed.

The President of our country gave instructions on development, in the context of each region, targeted measures on ensuring the fulfillment of the state order for 2018, with definition of specific stages, deadlines and responsible executors. Particular attention was paid to the need of ensuring a balanced supply of fruit and vegetable products to the domestic market and for export in order to avoid fluctuations in prices and deficits in the domestic consumer market, especially in the winter/spring period.

At the meeting, responsible officials of relevant departments, khokims of all districts and regions were given specific instructions to meet the population’s demand for such essential daily consumption products as sugar, eggs, fish, meat and butter, and their supply at stable prices.

The need for implementation of systemic control and monitoring the process of implementation of measures on ensuring unconditional fulfillment of parameters of the state order for the purchase and use of fresh fruit and vegetables, potatoes, melons and grapes was emphasized.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

International cooperation

Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan: Celebration of friendship and good-neighborliness

A solemn event dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan was held in Tashkent.

Diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan were established on November 23, 1992. Negotiations of heads of states, visits of delegations of various levels have a regular nature.

At present, relations between our countries are consistently developing in all spheres. The Treaty on eternal friendship between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan signed in 1998, in 2013 – the Treaty on strategic partnership between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan serve as a solid basis for mutual cooperation.

The 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations was full of important events. Due to the open and pragmatic policy of the President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the interrelations between our countries have been intensified. The state visit of the Head of our state on March 22-23, 2017 to Kazakhstan raised the cooperation between our countries to a new level. The state visit of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to our country on September 16-17, became a logical continuation of the high-level negotiations.

We can say that this historical date was celebrated throughout the year. Presidents of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan met six times this year. The meetings of the joint intergovernmental commission on bilateral cooperation, several business forums, exhibitions of national products were held. Direct contacts between regions are established. The movement of the high-speed train between Tashkent and Almaty, intercity buses has been established. The mutual visits of the two countries’ people, who are bound by ties of kinship since ancient times, have increased. All this testifies to the high confidence and cooperation between the two countries.

Lately, the heads of the two states exchanged congratulatory messages on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan. In the messages it was noted that the bonds of friendship, good-neighborliness and partnership relations between our countries and people will continue to be consistently strengthened.

These aspects were again reflected in the event held in the house of state receptions “Navruz” in the capital. National songs and melodies were performed by artists of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

A meeting of the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin, who arrived in our country to participate in this solemn event, and the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Achilbay Ramatov was held. It was noted that the negotiations of the heads of states opened a wide road for cooperation, the agreements that were reached in their course are being fully implemented.

Issues of development of relations within the framework of the intergovernmental joint commission on bilateral cooperation between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, implementation of mutually beneficial trade, economic and investment projects were discussed. The protocol of the joint intergovernmental commission was signed.

The meeting was attended by the heads of ministries and departments of the two countries.

A meeting of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan A.Aripov with the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan A.Mamin was also held.

(Source:UzA )

PROBLEMS OF ARAL AND WATER RESOURCES OF MIDDLE ASIA

Our Love and Pain, Aral!

The two-day trip to Karakalpakstan of the environmental journalists from the capital and the local colleagues who joined them in Nukus allowed not only to take part in various events, meet interesting people from the Northern region, but also once again to come into contact with the global ecological tragedy, whose name is the Aral Sea.

The media tour was organized by the Central Asian Regional Environmental Center (CAREC) in the framework of the EU-funded project on awareness and partnership for sustainable water and environmental development in Uzbekistan.

The major component in this trip, according to the organizers, was, of course, the round table dedicated to the prospects of development of Muynak district and water saving technologies. But the employees of CAREC, apparently well aware that the reports in Muynak alone will be a bit "nosy" for journalists, tried to revive them with vivid and lively information about the past and present of the Aral Sea. And it was this that gave all participants in the media tour an unforgettable experience, coming to the fore.

A bit of history and facts

The Aral Sea until 1960 was one of the largest reservoirs in the world with an area of 68.9 thousand square kilometers and a water volume of 1,083 cubic kilometers, its length was 426 km, width constituted 284 km, while the greatest depth reached 68 meters.

The Aral zone was a region with a wide variety of flora and fauna, 38 fish species and a number of rare species inhabited by water, the number of saigas reached 1 million heads, the floristic composition was 638 species of higher plants.

In the past, the Aral Sea was one of the richest fishing grounds in the world: the annual catch of fish in the reservoirs of the Aral Sea was 30-35 thousand tons. More than 80% of the inhabitants of the coast were engaged in the extraction, processing and transportation of fish and fish products. Fertile lands of the delta of the Amudarya and Syrdarya, as well as highly productive pastures provided employment for more than 100 thousand people in the sphere of animal husbandry, poultry farming, growing of agricultural crops.

Also the sea was mitigated by sharp fluctuations in the weather throughout the region, which had a favorable effect on the living conditions of the population, agricultural production and the ecological situation. The air masses invading the region during winter warmed up, and in summer cooled over the water area of the Aral Sea.

The problems arose and took on alarming proportions in the 1960s as a result of thoughtless regulation of the major transboundary rivers of the region - the Syrdarya and the Amudarya, due to which the Aral in the past received about 56 cubic km of water annually. The significant growth of the population living here, the scale of urbanization and intensive development of lands, the construction in the past of large hydrotechnical and irrigation facilities on the watercourses of the basin of this sea, without taking into account the environmental consequences, created the conditions for the drying out of one of the most beautiful reservoirs on the planet. In fact, during the lifetime of one generation, a whole sea was lost, the process of degradation of the environment continues, turning the Aral Sea into a lifeless desert.

Over the past 50 years, the total flow of rivers to the Aral Sea has been reduced to an average of 12.7 cu. km, or almost 4.5 times. The area of the water surface of the sea was reduced 8 times, the volume of the water mass decreased by more than

13 times. The water level, which was before 1960 at the absolute mark of 53.4 m, decreased by 29 m. The level of salinity increased by more than 13-25 times and exceeds by 7-11 times the average level of mineralization of the World Ocean.

On the site of the dried up part of the sea, once a source of rich flora and fauna and a natural climatic regulator of the adjacent territories, a sand and salt "Aralkum" desert with an area of more than 5.5 million hectares, inexorably capturing the region of the Aral Sea, arose. In the zone of permanent environmental risk, negatively affecting the quality of life, health and, most importantly, the gene pool of people, it turned out not only the territories surrounding the sea, but the whole of Central Asia.

Annually more than 75 million tons of dust and poisonous salts are rising from the Aral Sea. Dust trails, lifted from the bottom of the former sea, reach 400 km in length and 40 km in width. According to scientists, Aral dust has already been recorded in the glaciers of the Pamir and Tian Shan mountains, as well as the Arctic.

In the Aral Sea region, a complex set of ecological, climatic, socio-economic and demographic problems emerged, which have far-reaching, menacing global consequences.

Since the early 1960s, in the Aral Sea region, the number of days with temperatures over 40° C has doubled, in places the temperature is 49° C in the shade.

Pollution of water and a large volume of salt and dust removal from the bottom of the dry sea contributed to the growth of a number of diseases among the population of the region, such as anemia, kidney, blood, gastrointestinal, respiratory, cardiovascular, cholelithiasis and other diseases. Children are especially exposed to a particularly negative impact of a dangerous ecological situation. The content of dioxin in the blood of pregnant women and the milk of nursing mothers in Karakalpakstan is five times higher than in Europe.

As a result of the loss of the transport importance of the sea, the decay of fishing, livestock and other types of management, the reduction of pastures and the decline in land productivity, tens of thousands of people lost their traditional sources of livelihood.

In the Aral Sea region, more than half of the gene pool of the plant and animal world has disappeared. 11 species of fishes, 12 species of mammals, 26 species of birds, 11 species of plants were virtually disappeared.

The scarcity of water resources, the decrease in the quality of drinking water, pollution and land degradation, the sharp decline in biodiversity, the deterioration of the health and gene pool of the population, climatic changes as a result of increased turbidity of the atmosphere, and possibly the associated decrease in glacier area in Pamir and Tian Shan mountains, where a significant part of the runoff of the main rivers of the region is formed - all this is only a short list of the results of the Aral Sea tragedy.

Will the dead sea rise again?

But it's one thing to read about this tragedy in various publications or even in encyclopedias, and it's quite another to see with your own eyes.

When you see an open-air museum called "ship cemetery", the heart involuntarily contracts. Having climbed onto a pile of rusty iron it is somehow difficult to imagine a fishing schooner plowing the most beautiful pond in the world, the joyful cries of sailors after successful fishing, and the happy faces of their relatives waiting for the fishermen on the shore.

After all, a ship in the sand, surrounded by thorny bushes - this is a tragedy, this is nonsense, it should not be. And looking from the former Muynak pier to the desert stretching beyond the horizon, it is very difficult to dream of a sea that took 200 kilometers.

When I flew to Nukus, I talked to my neighbor in an airplane living in Karakalpakstan. To my regret that the Aral was tragically killed, he responded with a rather unexpected statement: yes, he did not perish, this is all temporary, you do not have to bury him permanently, after some time the sea will necessarily revive. Required! And such conviction was in his words, he radiated such optimism that

I did not even want to argue with him, afraid to offend.

Then, at a meeting with the director of the Nukus branch of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS), Rashid Koshekov, where he gave a detailed account of the causes and consequences of the Aral tragedy and the work that is currently underway, I told him about this conversation and asked: what caused this optimism of local residents, what are they ancient legends that are among the population?

To the surprise of Koshekov, the influence of the "legends" was completely rejected, moreover, he himself expressed confidence that "sooner or later, when we may no longer exist, the Aral Sea will reappear in this ancient land!"

Is it a dream? Or a hypothesis that has a scientific basis?

The head of the Nukus branch of IFAS explained that Aral had already disappeared in its history, but then ... reappeared. Why not repeat this scenario? According to the scientist, who paraphrased the famous phrase about the lever, which can turn the earth, if there are financial means, it is quite possible to revive the Aral Sea.

Moreover, in his opinion, the project of the transfer of the northern Russian rivers to the Aral Sea, if it had been implemented at the time, would certainly become salutary for the perishing sea. It is not by chance that the former Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov proposed to revive this project today.

Rashid Koshekov told a lot of interesting about IFAS projects implemented in the Aral Sea. For example, the creation of small local water bodies in the Amu Darya delta (worth $ 90 million) or forest plantations in various parts of the extinct sea, complained about the lack of significant financial resources. All these projects are financed only through contributions from Uzbekistan to IFAS. To expand the fund's activities and take large-scale, practical measures to mitigate the consequences of the environmental crisis in the Aral Sea region, it is necessary to attract grants from international organizations and donor countries.

Still, the conversation with him somehow set the journalists on a more optimistic mood. After all, we want so much to believe, despite the severe verdict of scientists and ecologists that the Aral Sea will return, will necessarily return ... Even if it's just a dream!

What is CAREC?

During the round table, which was held in the building of the Muynak hokimiyat, the prospects for the development of this area, including its ecotourism potential, were discussed. And also about the importance of introducing water-saving and other modern technologies to protect the environment.

Saylavbay Daniyarov, hokim of the district, was elected to this post a few months ago. He gives the impression of an energetic and purposeful leader who knows firsthand about existing problems and how to solve them. And he believes that it is necessary to attract the attention of the media and the general public to the unique Muynak district located in the zone of ecological catastrophe.

If now foreign tourists come to Nukus to visit the Savitsky Museum, then in the nearest future, in the opinion of the hokim, they should be massively interested in the "cemetery of ships" in Muynak, and numerous lakes with the possibility of fishing, and many other environmental objects.

Well, the tourist prospects of Muynak district, when the ecological beauties of the northern region will add to the ancient monuments of Khiva for foreign tourists, plus the Savitsky museum and other objects of Nukus, look quite attractive. It's only the implementation of these interesting ideas.

However, even a trip along the main street of Muynak leaves a not very pleasant impression. It seems that this is not a city, but an abandoned mountain village. Even gravel on the road have not yet been laid out, what else to talk about other tourist infrastructure. It affects some kind of unsettled and untidy of this small town, everywhere lying trash.

From an accidental conversation with the locals you will find out that in the city there is literally nowhere to "put your hands on", there is nowhere to spend your free time. Especially it concerns young people. Therefore, many of them leave their native places in search of a better share.

Can a young and energetic hokim break this situation?

Other reports, which sounded at the round table, allowed the participants of the media outlet to learn more about the activities of CAREC. It was started in 2001. Working through the head office in Almaty (Kazakhstan) and the established network of its branches in the capitals of five Central Asian states (including Uzbekistan), CAREC has become a true leader in environmental cooperation in the region. And to date, this regional center represents a unique platform for the development of cooperation between the Central Asian environmental community and international organizations.

For more than 15 years, the organization has implemented over 230 projects totaling 48 million euros. During this period CAREC demonstrated high technical, human and organizational potential on the basis of five thematic programs, such as Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), the Water Initiatives Program (WIP), Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (CCSE), Environmental Management Program (EMP) and a new "Environment and Health" (EH) program.

The CAREC branch in Uzbekistan has signed memorandums of cooperation with organizations such as the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan, the "Suvchi" NGO, the Tashkent Institute of Agricultural Irrigation and Mechanization. Within the framework of the Memorandum of Cooperation between TIAIM and the Regional Environmental Center of Central Asia, unique in the whole Central Asian region Center of Excellence and Scientific Research will be created in Tashkent.

By not the ecology single ...

During the trip, a magnificent cultural program was organized for its participants. In particular, journalists visited the legendary Savitsky Art Museum, also called the Louvre in the Desert.

Its collection includes over 90 thousand exhibits, including the Russian avant-garde, the fine arts of Uzbekistan, folk-applied art of Karakalpakstan, the art of Ancient Khorezm, supplemented with copies of a number of exhibits of the Parisian Louvre. According to experts and world press, the collection of the State Museum of the Republic of Karakalpakstan named after I.V. Savitsky, is the best artistic collection of the Asian region, has the second in the world in importance and volume collection of works of the Russian avant-garde.

It is noteworthy that during the excursion to the museum his guide dwelled in detail on the paintings devoted to the Aral Sea.

As part of the media tour, journalists also visited the necropolis of Mizdahkan - an extensive complex that arose in the 4th century BC. This is one of the most mystical places of Uzbekistan, surrounded by secrets, legends and myths. Necropolis includes the fortress of Gyaur-Kala, several mausoleums, a caravanserai and a cemetery. The total area is more than 200 hectares. There is an opinion that one of the tombs has healing properties - women come here praying to get rid of infertility. Separately it is worth mentioning the mausoleum of Shamun-Nabi, inside of which there is a huge tomb in 25 meters (one of the largest in the world).

However, excavations have shown that there are no burials here, and its purpose was reduced, most likely, to some kind of cult. The complex is a monument, where the history and culture of Islam and Zoroastrianism intertwined. The Muslim cemetery, located on a vast territory, is still a place of pilgrimage.

Do not leave indifferent and Nukus - it is developing, everywhere you can see new buildings and tower cranes. In general, saying goodbye to Karakalpakstan, I sincerely want to return here again.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

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