Green University Launches Annual Conference on Aral Sea Environmental Impacts

  • 22.04.2024
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Green University and its affiliated institutions hosted their inaugural International Scientific-Practical Conference on "Environmental Impacts of the Desiccation of the Aral Sea". The event featured scientists and researchers from over 10 countries presenting the latest findings on this major environmental disaster.
The conference opened with a welcoming speech by Dr. Jusipbek Kazbekov, the Deputy Minister of Ecology, Environmental Protection and Climate Change of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Dr. Kazbekov underscored the immense ecological consequences of the Aral Sea's drying up over recent decades.
Following the deputy minister's remarks, the Green University rector took the podium. In addition to addressing the significance of studying the Aral Sea crisis, the rector announced plans to make this conference an annual tradition. The goal is to facilitate ongoing scientific analysis and develop innovative solutions to the multifaceted challenges posed by this environmental tragedy.
"Convening the world's top minds each year will enable us to rigorously examine the Aral Sea's desiccation from all angles," the rector stated. "Their research insights will prove invaluable for charting a path toward mitigating the impacts and restoring what was once one of the planet's largest inland seas."
Conference presenters shared important findings spanning a wide range of related disciplines, including water resource management, soil salination, public health, biodiversity loss, climate change effects, and the socioeconomic toll on local populations. Despite the sobering subject matter, many expressed hope that sustained scientific cooperation can yield breakthrough remedies.
"The desiccation of the Aral Sea is an environmental tragedy with severe repercussions for millions of people," one presenter stated. "Gatherings like this are crucial for developing comprehensive strategies to address such complex challenges."
Green University earned praise from attendees for its leadership in organizing this interdisciplinary forum dedicated to the Aral Sea crisis. As a preeminent environmental research institution, the university is well-positioned to spearhead long-term examination of the issue through its new annual conference.
Plans are already underway for next year's edition, with Green University encouraging even more international participation to broaden perspectives on potential solutions. The published proceedings from this year's inaugural event will soon be available to researchers and stakeholders worldwide.