A trilateral memorandum of cooperation has been signed in Kyzylorda between the Executive Directorate of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea in the Republic of Kazakhstan (IFAS in RK), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Akimat of Kyzylorda Region on the implementation of the project "Ensuring the safety, preservation and development of fish stocks in the Northern Aral region. Capacity building of the Aral-Syrdarya Basin Council" in the framework of the Transboundary Water Management Program in Central Asia.
Deputy Akim of Kyzylorda region Bakhytzhan Namayev has met with the head of the GIZ Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia Program Karolina Milov and Director of the Executive Directorate of the International Fund for Aral Saving in the Republic of Kazakhstan Bolat Bekniyaz to sign a memorandum and thanked them for their significant contribution to the solution of environmental and social-economic problems of the Aral Sea region.
“Every year, due to the lack of a fish protection device on the Kokaral dam, fish are killed en masse. For this reason, in 2017 about 200 tons of fish fry died. Therefore, the project "Ensuring the safety, preservation and development of fish stocks in the Northern Aral region. Developing the potential of the Aral-Syrdarya Basin Council", implemented jointly with the IFAS ED in Kazakhstan, is of great importance for the region. We hope that our cooperation will continue to develop successfully and are confident that by joint efforts we will be able to achieve the desired results in improving the environmental situation and raising the standard of living of the population in the region, ”said Bakhytzhan Namayev.
It should be noted that the main objective of the project is to ensure the safety, preservation and development of fish stocks in the Northern Aral Sea region, further develop and effectively implement the principles of Integrated Water Resources Management, increase the level of logistical support for water and basin structures, enhance the potential and enhance the activities of the Aral Sea- Syrdarya Basin Council (including small basin councils), as well as improving environmental awareness of the population and demonstrating effective cooperation in the framework of the project.
According to the memorandum, the Executive Directorate of IFAS is developing the design and estimate documentation for the fish protection plant, GIZ is engaged in project financing, and the regional akimat provides implementation support and information support for the project.