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International seminar on the theme "Combating desertification in the restoration of degraded lands"

In the framework of the project of Forest service of the Republic of Korea, "Phyto- and forest melioration of the dried bottom of the Aral sea in Kyzylorda region", 21-22 November 2019 in Aralsk city an international seminar on the theme "Combating desertification in the restoration of degraded lands," dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the Barsakelmes state natural reserve was hosted.

The seminar was organized by the Corporative Fund "Biodiversity Conservation Fund of Kazakhstan" , the Committee of forestry and wildlife of the Ministry of ecology, Geology and natural resources of Kazakhstan, the International Fund for saving the Aral sea, the Forest service of Korea, the Barsakelmes state nature reserve and UNDP in Kazakhstan.

The purpose of the seminar was to promote international cooperation and exchange of experience in combating desertification and rehabilitating degraded lands.

The seminar was attended not only by representatives of the forestry and wildlife Committee, but also by scientists and specialists from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and South Korea.

Professor Yowhan Son, Professor of the University of Korea, made a report on scientific activities in the framework of the project "Phyto- and forest melioration of the dried bottom of the Aral sea in Kyzylorda region".

Sultan Veysov, a leading researcher of the National Institute of deserts and fauna of the State Committee for the Protection of the environment and land resources of Turkmenistan shared his country's experience in combating desertification and the experience of restoration of degraded lands and saxaul trees.

Also, Professor of the University of Mongolia, Nyam Osor Batkhuu, spoke about the experience of restoration and conservation of saxaul forests in Mongolia.

During the seminar, the participants also visited the pilot project on greening in Barsakelmes reserve and Kazalinsk nursery. The seminar participants also visited the UNDP pilot site for sand consolidation in the village of Aralkum.

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