The overall target of the project is to catch, treat
and sell fish from the Aral Sea to the benefit of the people of
Aralsk Region. In the Aral Sea exists a largely unexploited
resource of fish. Up until now, the project has succeeded in
demonstrating that the fish can be caught and treated. Now the
effort should be concentrated on supporting the local society in
their ongoing work to establish the structures needed to ensure
that this resource is treated to the benefit of the local
Second Phase of the project should further these
Supporting the 21 newly registered fishermens’
Supporting an independent NGO-organisation and the
'NGO Aral Sea Working Group
Investigating in detail the possibilities to project
an effectively structured plant ('KAMBALA’) that treats and
distributes the fish to the benefit of the fishermen, the workers
in the fishery industry and the Aralsk-region in general.
When executed successfully, this work can form the
basis of a substantial Third Phase of the project that has its
furthermost concern and aim within the years 1999-2002 to
physically realize the fishery plant KAMBALA in accordance with
the terms agreed upon in 1998-1999. A successful outcome of
fishermens' co-operatives have obtained reliable assurances that
they control their own equipment. That fish has been caught in
amounts big enough to ensure real economical development for the
co-operatives and persons involved.
That the fishermens’ co-operatives have project
descriptions and agreements with the kulhoz'es and societies they
NGO-organisation has proved able to execute the obligations
involved in organizing and supervising this project,
That a substantial project description with budgets
for the fishery plant 'KAMBALA has been worked out, and that
before medio 1999 the necessary applications for donors to the
physical establishing of the plant have been worked out.
According to the furthering of aims (1-3) the
proposed program of 1998-99 is this:
June: A campaign and an international conference
about the Aral Sea and the building of the dam is held in Århus,
Denmark, with the participation of Kazak representative.
The conference will form part of
NGO arrangements connected to the topmeeting of all European
Ministers of Environment concerning environmental co-operation
between East and West.
July: One member of the Danish Working Group settles
in Aralsk until December in order to assist and report the
From August through December, the following tasks
should be realized via below mentioned members of the Danish NGO
Working Group, together with there Aralsk partner employed by the
Two fishermen participate in the
fishery from specific fishermens' co-operatives on the Aral Sea
from September through December. Importantly, this work should
emphasise the possibilities to treat the fish (flounder) correctly
and sell it at prices that demonstrate the real market for
flounder in the area.
An ethnographer, specialising in
public participation undertakes an interview
investigation among the women expected to work in the
fishery sector, and among the
local authorities, leaders, and co-operatives' spokesmen.
technician undertakes preliminary technical investigations. What
is the condition of the means of production that form the basis of
the project? How big investment is required to
establish the fishery plant? What equipment could be bought in
Kazakstan, and what must be imported?
expert on logistics investigates the project, especially
concerning questions such as what structure of ownership could
form the KAMBALA? Could an independent foundation own the plant?
Who could form the board of such a foundation?
An expert organisation will
support the NGO-organisation in developing means to
organize and supervise the project. The NGO-organisation
should be responsible for local engagement, and accounting.
biologist participates in a biologically controlled test fishery
on the Big Aral. The project needs to obtain real information abut the
size of the stock of flounder in the
parts of Big Aral that could be included in the fishing
During the early 1999 this work should be recaptured
by the project co-ordinators and a final project document should
be worked out, as mentioned above.
Such are our proposals for the aims and means of the
fishery project 'From Kattegat to Aral Sea" in the Second
Phase, from June 1998 through August 1999.
Boennerup, April 1998. NGO Aral Sea Working Group Denmark.
co-ordinator: Kurt Bertelsen Christensen