Turkmenistan puts forward initiative for special UN program on Aral Sea basin

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Turkmenistan came forward with an initiative for developing a special UN program for the Aral Sea Basin, Trend reports referring to the Vatan newspaper.

The document is intended to provide an integrated approach to solving the Aral crisis with the broad participation of all interested parties.

Turkmenistan is chairing the International Fund for the Aral Saving (IFAS) this year.

Established in the 1990s by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, IFAS aims to finance joint projects and programs to save the Aral Sea and improve the environmental situation in the Aral Sea region.

IFAS was granted an observer status in the UN General Assembly in December 2008.

The fund pays special attention to improving the regional action plan on environmental protection in Central Asia and speeding up the process of accession of the region states to the Framework Convention on Environmental Protection for Sustainable Development.

This issue was discussed at a government meeting. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov ordered to monitor the progress of implementation of projects of environmental significance in order to ensure environmental management and the successful preservation of the environment overall.