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Ecologically Oriented Development in the Aral Sea Region

The regional project Ecologically oriented development in the Aral Sea Region (ECO ARAL) is commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It supports the governments of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to ensure an ecologically sustainable and climate-resilient economic development across borders.

The main political partners of the project are the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Ressources of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan.  

Ecologically Oriented Development in the Aral Sea Region

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Ecologically Oriented Development in the Aral Sea Region



GIZ ECO ARAL is currently assessing climate risks for selected value chains. A team of agricultural and environmental experts from

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Capacity Development

ECO ARAL provides capacity building directly to Micro, Small and Medium sized Enterprises, the public sector and extension services in different economic sectors. 

Imple­menta­tion of measures

ECO ARAL implements measures using spatial planning instruments based on earth- observation for ecologically sustainable resource.

Policy advice

ECO ARAL advises its partners on new policies and cooperation for sustainable economic development in the Aral Sea Region.


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Ecologically Oriented Development in the Aral Sea Region

The project aims at improving the economic development of the region across borders while considering ecological sustainability. The capacity of political partners, regional administrations as well as micro, small and medium-sized enterprises are strengthened through cross-sectoral improved advisory services. This will enable them to make more ecological and resource efficient investment decisions. In addition, earth observation-based spatial planning instruments or procedures for territorial planning processes are being developed and used.

Through direct and indirect impacts, the project’s work focuses on Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan’s population of about 2 million people living around the Aral Sea.



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