We appeal to you on behalf of the movement “Protect Kok-Zhaylau”, Ecological Society “Green Salvation”, and ten thousand citizens of Kazakhstan and other countries who oppose construction of a mountain ski resort on the territory of Ile-Alatau National Park.

On November 28, 2014, 19 children and three adults fainted in the Berezovka village school in Burlin district of Western Kazakhstan Oblast, and were taken to the Burlin district hospital. On November 29th, six children were transferred to the regional clinical hospital.

August 6, 2014, Decree of the President “About reformation of the system of the state government of the Republic of Kazakhstan” eliminated the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources. Its functions were partially given to the Ministry of Energy, partially, to the Ministry of Agriculture.

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Ecological Society Green Salvation has started collecting signatures under a petition for protection of Kok-Jailau. Kok-Jailau valley is located on the territory of Ile-Alatau National Park. Akimat (Mayor’s Office) of the city of Almaty is planning on developing a new ski resort in this area.

The topic of construction of the new ski resort in Kok-Jailau valley was first raised in 2007. In 2011, mayor of the city of Almaty, Essimov A.S., turned to this subject again. The project includes construction of an international resort with a total length of the ski tracks of over 100 km, construction of ski tows, hotels, restaurants, retail and entertainment centers, and golf fields; development of infrastructure – auto road, auto parking, electrical, natural gas, and water supply facilities! All of this is going to be developed at the expense of the state budget! With a consideration that private investors will build-up the resort with commercial and residential estate later on!

Thus, very soon Almaty residents can lose their beloved place of recreation where the quite and beautiful wild nature will be at first replaced by the roar of machinery, and later - by the ski resort with endless fences all-around the private land plots.

We call everybody who cares about the future of the National Park to support the Petition for protection of Kok-Jailau, which will be sent to the President, members of the Parliament, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Tourism and Sport, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Akimat (Mayor’s Office) of the city of Almaty, and political parties of the country. 

You may sign the petition (last name, first name, city, country; if you sign the petition on behalf of an organization, then indicate the full name of the organization) to our address: And as a matter of fact, you may send your own petitions to the above indicated state institutions.
In summer 2014, the Fifth Meeting of the Parties of the Aarhus Convention will take place in the city of Maastricht (Netherlands). As required by the Convention, the Republic of Kazakhstan prepared a compliance report. The document presented by the country,  in our opinion, does not reflect many important aspects which need to be described, in accordance to the reporting requirements.

Video "Let us protect Kok-Jailau"

Ile-Alatau National Park.
It is the lungs of our city.
It is the crystal pure water in our homes!
It is a homeland to thousands of creatures!
It is the beauty which saves the world!
Kok-Zhailau is the heart of the National Park. It must be healthy!
A booklet “Visiting National Park” was recently published.
It explains simple rules one needs to know and follow, in order to make a visit to a nature site, shiny sun, endless blue sky, beautiful birds, and animals only a pleasant experience.
   There is no other way to describe what is going on in Kazakhstan’s specially protected natural territories.  In the Ile-Alatau National Park, aside from the construction of resorts, restaurants, sports facilities and nightclubs, sanitary felling of the forests is taking place in practically all of the gorges. According to the law, this is permitted, but must be conducted in strict compliance with established rules.
    That which we see in the photographs is more like the industrial preparation of timber in the vast expanses of Siberia than of sanitary felling.  Is this really sanitary felling?  Maybe the forest plots are being cleared for the construction of the next private restaurants and cottages?  Or to make money on the sale of timber?  Did the initiators of these clearings consider the environmental and social consequences?  Isn’t the sanitary felling of forests being conducted too widely and uncontrollably in the national parks?

If you are studying or teaching about the environment or environmental rights;
if you want to create a children’s environmental club,
create films or take photographs of nature;
if you are concerned about the deteriorating state of Kazakhstan’s environment
or want to maintain your right to a favorable environment;
if you are concerned about what will become of our mountains in the foreseeable future and
on what kind of Earth our children and grandchildren will live,

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