Uzbekistan creates wetland reserve in dried Aral Sea

2021-02-09 18:36:07 GMT2021-02-10 02:36:07(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

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TASHKENT, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Uzbekistan's government has issued a resolution to create Sudochye-Akpetki state reserve of wetland in the seabed of dried Aral Sea in the northwest of the country to preserve rare species of animals, Uzbek Justice Ministry said on Tuesday.

The state reserve will be on an area of 280,500 hectares of wetlands and the environmental authorities were tasked to add the Sudochye lake to the list of the Ramsar Convention by the end of the year, it said.

Following the drying of the Aral Sea in the last century, Sudochye lake has become an important spot for more than 230 bird species, including pink flamingos, according to environmental experts.

Uzbekistan currently has 6 state reserves and dozens of biosphere and wildlife reserves in a total area of 3.801 million hectares of land. Enditem