On 3 April, The first eco-marathon took its start in Kokand city of Fergana region with several events, including master class on planting 2000 trees using hydrogel for saving 50% of water. Then, eco-marathon continued in Nukus in the format of training on covering water and environmental issues for journalists of the Republic of Karakalpakstan and Khorezm region as well as the students of Journalism Faculty of the Berdakh Karakalpak State University. The events were organized by CAREC within EU funded project UzWaterAware with support of the Ministry of Water Resources of Uzbekistan (MWR) and the State Committee on Ecology and Environmental Protection.
The main task of the eco-marathon in Kokand was to demonstrate the technology that reduces water consumption during watering plants. When planting 2000 trees, including pine, paulownia, catalpa and lilac, hydrogel was used – a scientific development adapted from local scientific laboratories.
Water-saving eco-marathon in Nukus within UzWaterAware covered mass media representatives of Karakalpakstana and Khorezm region, as well as students of Journalism Faculty of the Berdakh Karakalpak State University. The project pays special attention to the coverage of water and environmental topics, “data journalism”, presentation of water saving issues and solutions.