Kazakhstan to chair International Fund for Saving Aral Sea from 2024

The second stage of the project for the preservation of the Small Aral Sea will commence in 2024. Also, next year, Kazakhstan will assume the chairmanship of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS). The country intends to continue work under the Blue Peace Central Asia (BPCA) program initiated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Kazakhstan plans to implement initiatives for establishing an international water-energy consortium in Central Asia that will take into account the interests of all parties involved. Besides, the country is interested in training new personnel and qualification upgrade of operating experts in the water industry. The first stage of the project for the preservation of the Small Aral Sea is coming to an end. Representatives of the program are visiting Central Asian countries to identify the areas to be covered in the second stage.

“Since 2017, your agency jointly with Kazakhstan has been intensively advancing the Blue Peace program. The work was suspended due to the pandemic. I think that now, in cooperation with your agency, we will be able to intensify our activities within this program,” said Nurzhan Nurzhigitov, Kazakh Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation.