The Aral Sea Disaster: Looking for innovative saviors

6 November 2020
The Aral Sea Disaster: Looking for innovative saviors

Unbearably hot summers up to +45, freezing winters up to -40, dust storms carrying toxic salts and chemicals. Pastures replaced by vast deserts, fishing villages – by ailing households struggling to survive.

Sounds like apocalyptic fiction? This has been the reality in the Aral Sea region. But YOU can contribute to turning this around and transforming the Aral Sea into Sea of opportunities. We need your help and invite you to become a landscape restoration GUARDIAN of the Aral Sea region. 

The World Bank is launching the "Disruptive technology and innovation challenge for landscape restoration in the Aral Sea region (Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan)". This challenge will introduce and develop innovative approaches and technologies for landscape restoration in degraded landscapes in the Republic of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan along the Aral Sea watershed.

Four challenge winners will each receive up to 50,000 US dollars to implement their business plans.

If you have a great and innovative solution to turn the tide in the Aral Sea basin, then take part in this upcoming Challenge.

This project is implemented with the support of the Central Asia Water and Energy Program (CAWEP), administered by the World Bank and financed by the European Union, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and is part of the World Bank Resilient Landscape in Central Asia RESILAND CA + Program. The project is implemented by the Kazakh-German University (DKU) in partnership with the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF).

The Call for Proposals for the Challenge will be announced in early November 2020.

For more information, please, contact Balzhan Zhumagazina,

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