Executive Committee of the International Fund
for saving the Aral Sea

IFAS reform in the focus of the Consultative Meeting of the Heads of State of Central Asia

On 6 of August 2021, a Consultative Meeting of the Heads of State of Central Asia was held in Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan.

During the talks, the Heads of State discussed all kinds of directions for the development of regional cooperation, including trade and economic investment and financial, transport and communication, water and energy, information technology, environmental and cultural and humanitarian, and also expressed their readiness to interact in the interests of ensuring peace, stability and security in the region.

One of the issues of the Consultative meeting was the ongoing work to improve the organizational structure and legal framework of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea. The heads of state noted the importance of taking into account the interests and participation of all Central Asian states in this process. They also noted the need to strengthen regional cooperation in mitigating the effects of climate change and adaptation to it, combating desertification, rational use of water and energy resources, environmental protection and ecology.

The heads of state recognized the importance of consolidating efforts to comprehensively address the problems associated with improving the socio-economic and ecological situation in the region, including in the Aral Sea basin, especially in areas prone to ecological crisis and the negative impact of climate change.