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.
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.