The rapid development of the agro-industrial sector of the Central Asian countries in the 60s and the associated development of the reclamation canal network led to one of the most serious terraformations in the entire history of the planet: the drying up of the Aral Sea.

The lake, known since ancient times by various names and formerly the 4th largest lake on earth, was first divided into 2 parts: southern and northern, and then south was once again divided into western and eastern.

Only the titanic project of the USSR to turn the Siberian rivers and direct their waters to supply Central Asia could save the sea, but along with the collapse of the country, the project sank into oblivion.

Despite the growing population of the Central Asian states, the intensification of agriculture and the emphasis on water-intensive crops, most experts agree that the region has a sufficient supply of water resources – more than 2 thousand cubic meters per person.

Moreover, the drying of the Aral Sea itself has seriously slowed down due to the decrease in the water surface and the associated decrease in evaporation. The glaciers of the Pamirs and Tien Shan today provide sufficient water flow due to the general warming of the climate and the deposition of salt deposits from the Aral Sea evaporation.

Nevertheless, already in 1992, the international Fund for saving the Aral Sea was established, which included the heads of the five main countries of the region: Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. The fund’s branches are located in each of the countries and each of them has its own partners.

Among them are the European Union, the World Bank, the German Society for International Cooperation, and the Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation Program.

It is not difficult to unravel the secret of the presence of these respected organizations in the list of partners.

To begin with, the main feeding river of the region is the Amu Darya, which takes its waters just from the glaciers of the Tien Shan and Pamir. The largest flow of the river is obtained in three states with mountain ranges: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

Since the 90s, endless disputes began within the framework of this agenda with the involvement of various arbitrators and the creation of various infrastructure projects of the Kokaraldam did not bring the countries closer to a fair distribution of sufficient resources in the region.

But in 2016, Kyrgyzstan withdrew from the fund’s membership due to the opinion that the hydropower aspects of water use by countries were not fairly taken into account and the refusal to reform the fund.

However, Western countries continue to provide advice on the implementation of their standards of ecology and water use. The activities of Western organizations and their councils have already led to a new catastrophe: the disappearance of the southeastern part of the sea in record time.

But that’s not the goal. Western standards, influence on political and infrastructural decisions, declining competitiveness, economic collapse. A familiar model?