Aral: Turn­ing the Dried out Se­abed into Forests

An in­ter­na­tional gas­tro­nomic fes­ti­val “99 Meals from the Aral Fish” and an in­ter­na­tional ecofes­ti­val “Restora­tion of the Aral and Muinak” have taken place in Karakalpak­stan.

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - KALEIDOSCOPE - Bek­temir Utiniy­ozov

As part of the fes­ti­vals, var­i­ous events and con­fer­ences were or­ga­nized.

In par­tic­u­lar, the I. Sav­it­sky Karakalpak State Mu­seum of Arts hosted an in­ter­na­tional sci­en­tific con­fer­ence on the theme “South­ern Aral, a ter­ri­tory of in­no­va­tive de­vel­op­ment”. It was at­tended by sci­en­tists, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic and jour­nal­ists.

“In the com­ing years, the dry Aral will not be filled with wa­ter,” said Pro­fes­sor Makhsut Ibrahi­mov, pro­fes­sor of Ber­dakh Karakalpak State Univer­sity. “Maybe in the fu­ture the sea will re­cover. But we do not know it. How­ever, ef­fec­tively us­ing the avail­able op­por­tu­ni­ties, we can turn the dried bot­tom into forests. Un­der what con­di­tion does the plant world grow well? If there is an an­i­mal world that eats veg­e­ta­tion. The Ustyurt plateau and the Kyzylkum desert are very poor in veg­e­ta­tion. The rea­son is that the an­i­mals that eat it dis­ap­pear. And there­fore, as an ex­per­i­ment, in the Muy­nak dis­trict at the bot­tom of the dried Aral Sea, it is nec­es­sary to or­ga­nize an an­i­mal hus­bandry for 1,000-2,000 heads of cat­tle. First of all, there will be jobs, and this will serve to im­prove the wel­fare of the pop­u­la­tion. In ad­di­tion, at the bot­tom of the dried sea veg­e­ta­tion will in­crease, which will pre­vent salt storms. At events like to­day, dif­fer­ent opin­ions on this mat­ter are dis­cussed.”

The con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants noted that the most beau­ti­ful places in Karakalpak­stan are found pre­cisely near the Aral and on the Ustyurt Plateau, and sug­gested de­vel­op­ing eco­tourism here.

In the frame­work of the fes­ti­val, the Ber­dakh Karakalpak State Aca­demic Mu­si­cal The­ater staged a per­for­mance based on the work by Chin­giz Ait­ma­tov “A Pied Dog Run­ning the Edge of the Sea”.

In the branch of the State Mu­seum of His­tory and Cul­ture of the Re­pub­lic of Karakalpak­stan – in Muy­nak EcoMu­seum, as well as on the shores of Lake Kuksu, the open­ing of the in­ter­na­tional gas­tro­nomic fes­ti­val “99 Meals from Aral Fish” was held.

The event was at­tended by nu­mer­ous guests from var­i­ous re­gions of our coun­try, as well as tourists from Rus­sia, France, Ger­many, Poland and other coun­tries. Chefs from dif­fer­ent cor­ners of Uzbek­istan pre­pared a va­ri­ety of dishes that were eval­u­ated by jury mem­bers. Artists per­formed na­tional songs and dances, ar­ti­sans showed their prod­ucts at an ex­hi­bi­tion or­ga­nized here.

Then the events moved to the re­gional cen­ter, where the in­ter­na­tional eco-fes­ti­val “Restora­tion of the Aral and Muinak” took place. The par­tic­i­pants got ac­quainted with the works on the theme “Aral in My Des­tiny” by fa­mous Karakalpak artists, as well as stu­dents of chil­dren’s schools of mu­sic and art.

The win­ners of the gas­tro­nomic fes­ti­val were also awarded here. Oltina Zaripova from the Chim­bai dis­trict of Karakalpak­stan proved sec­ond to no one in the com­pe­ti­tion “The best cook”, and the sec­ond place went to Farhad Navvo­zov from the city of Ur­gench, Khorezm re­gion, while Khal­ifa Zha­parova from the Muy­nak dis­trict of Karakalpak­stan came third. In the nom­i­na­tion “The best restau­rant”, the first place was awarded to the restau­rant “Ata makan” in the Nukus dis­trict of Karakalpak­stan, the sec­ond prize went to the restau­rant “Karakalpak tagam­lari” in the El­likkala dis­trict, and the third place was taken by the restau­rant “Karakalpagim” in the city of Nukus.

Win­ners and ac­tive par­tic­i­pants of the in­ter­na­tional eco-fes­ti­val “Restora­tion of the Aral and Muy­nak” also were re­warded by var­i­ous prizes and gifts.

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