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Turkmenistan Plans to Revive Aral Sea Coast
Turkmenistan has developed a plan to combat desertification and revive the Aral Sea coastal areas, according to Turkmenistan.ru, a website used by the country’s government to disseminate information in Russia.
The project will involve creating a green zone in the Botendag hillside in Dashoguz, the region in northern Turkmenistan closest to the Aral Sea, and in areas adjacent to the sea and will be implemented jointly with the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, Minister of Water Resources Annageldi Yazmyradov said.
Part of the plan is to plant drought-resistant deciduous trees and Haloxylon shrubs in a 20,000-hectare area, the minister said. The government hopes the measures will help protect the region from strong winds blowing across the dried-up bed of the Aral Sea, and to combat desertification and soil salinization, Yazmyradov said.