Kazakhstan wants to create a new sea in the steppe to attract tourists

Environmentalists sharply criticize the project, which will disrupt natural harmony

Kazakhstan wants to create a new sea in the steppe to attract tourists

Kazakhstan wants to create a new sea in the steppe to attract tourists

< p>The authorities of the Mangistau region in western Kazakhstan are planning to create a “new sea” in the middle of the steppe to attract tourists.

Tourism has long been developing near the city of Aktau on the coast of the Caspian Sea. Modern hotels are built here, clean beaches are equipped. Among the problems of the region is the lack of energy and drinking water.

To attract tourists, it is planned to flood the Ashchisor area and the Karagie depression south of Aktau with water from the Caspian Sea. In the flooded steppe, they want to create a resort with sanatoriums, hotels, water parks, artificial islands, underwater restaurants, a yacht club, a diving school, waterfalls and viewing platforms, geothermal clinics, gambling zones.

Environmentalists sharply criticize the project, which disrupt the existing natural harmony. They remind that the Caspian Sea has been rapidly shallowing for many years. In Aktau, this is imperceptible, because. the sea is deep. But in the Atyrau region, it has already moved several kilometers away from the place where the coast used to be.

Experts say that the Caspian Sea can repeat the fate of the Aral Sea, which has practically disappeared from the face of the earth. This will entail the degradation of the tourism potential of the entire region, incl. Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Iran.

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