Our Background

The Swedish Aralsjösällskapet was formed from an informal network around the need to contribute to the work against the effects of a monumental waste of natural resources and environmental degradation in the Aral Sea region. The network was formed as a result of an international conference conducted in 1998 by the UN Development Fund for Women (UN Women Sweden, formerly Swedish Unifem) in collaboration with Save the Children and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

bomullsplantaAmong the activities that the Swedish Aral Sea Societe has arranged, often in collaboration with other important organizations, can be mentioned: sending out a number of young participants from Sweden to participate in a children's conference "Children, Citizenship and Environment" in Karakalpakstan 1999, international seminars during World Water Week in Stockholm; water presentation at the conference "Prospects of Democracy in Central Asia" in Istanbul 2003; cultural exchange with the region through a visit to Sweden by the head of the art museum in Nukus 2003; seminar on the theme "Children at Risk" with participation from the region 2005; seminar on democracy issues with the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan 2005 and seminar on oil and gas in Central Asia 2005. In the autumn of 2006, a conference was held with KVA with international participation under the title "Who speaks up for the Aral Sea? Central Asia in Crisis ”, from which was reported in the international scientific journal AMBIO.

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