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According to the President’s press service, on December 26, 2019, an article was published on the newspaper Gazeta.Uz: “The President pointed out the shortcomings in attracting grant funds.” It states that Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting on December 25 on the issues of active attraction and effective use of grants, and pointed out the absence of a monitoring mechanism for the implementation of projects implemented through grants. He commissioned to create a new system for evaluating their performance.
It should be noted that the NGO project “Logos” “Public Monitoring of the Implementation of the Road Map for the Aral Sea” is precisely aimed at monitoring by the public forces the progress and results of the implementation of the program approved by the President of the country to support the activities of the Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Human Security for the Aral Sea region and raising awareness public about Trust Fund programs and projects.
In the Road Map, a number of ministries and departments, public organizations are assigned specific tasks and set deadlines. They are responsible for completing these tasks. And the public of the republic should be informed about what has been done and is being done in accordance with the Road Map, as well as in which areas it is necessary to strengthen the work.
The Logos NGO has been supported and funded by the Partnership for Innovation program in Uzbekistan based on the results of the grant competition “Enhancing Civil Society Participation in Decision Making Processes at the National and Local Levels”, jointly announced by USAID, Fund “Yuksalish"and the Association development of civil society (Kazakhstan). The project has been ongoing since August 2019 and will end in April 2020.
During the work on the project, interaction was established with members of the Interdepartmental Working Commission to assist the Trust Fund and raise funds from the donor community and government agencies involved in the implementation of the Road Map, meetings and negotiations were held with NGOs and the media operating in the Aral Sea region; a program for public monitoring of the implementation of the Roadmap and a network schedule of project activities; memoranda of cooperation were concluded with a number of NGOs for joint implementation project. January 14-15, the project executors traveled to the cities. Nukus and Muynak held meetings with representatives of state bodies and NGOs of Karakalpakstan, and on January 15, together with environmental movement activists and members of the Ecological Party of Uzbekistan from Bukhara, Khorezm regions and the Republic of Karakalpakstan, carried out ecological hash on the site of the dried bottom of the Aral Sea, where the Navoi headquarters for forest plantations is located. More than 550 kg were transferred to headquarters “saksovul”seeds, as well as products for participants in afforestation of the bottom of the Aral Sea.
In February-March of this year another trip to Muynak district is planned to monitor the progress of the Road Map in this district.
According to the results of the project work, it is planned to hold public hearings and a round table with the participation of deputies of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, environmental experts, representatives of the Khorezm region and the Republic of Karakalpakstan, where public monitoring results and public recommendations on improving the implementation of the Road Map will be presented "in the Aral Sea region.
But now, in the course of monitoring, we can offer, given the importance of attracting investments and specialists from foreign countries to project activities in the Aral Sea region, as the Head of State has repeatedly said in his public speeches, ministries and departments need to strengthen work with foreign governments and businesses countries to raise funds for the Trust Fund.
At the same time, both state bodies and public organizations need to intensify efforts to attract the population to the activities of the Road Map and, in general, work to improve the environmental situation in the Aral Sea region.
Z. Achilov, project manager