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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.

During the period after the Forth Meeting of the Parties of the Aarhus Convention, social and ecological situation in the country continued to get worse. Materials published by the state officials, independent researchers, and international organizations serve an evidence to this.

Since 2002, the Ecological Society Green Salvation has utilized judicial methods to defend human and environmental rights.  We uphold the right of citizens to access environmental information; we strive to repeal the conclusions of state environmental assessments conducted in violation of the law; and we contest the inactivity of state bodies. On average, Green Salvation submits about 10 lawsuits each year.

We, representatives of the public who speak out for preservation of Kok-Jailau Hollow, are addressing you with a request to help to protect Ile-Alatau National Park, help to add it to the World Heritage List, and establish a dialog between the public and authorized state authorities who are responsible for management of the specially protected territories and tourism development.

Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee (1) accepted a communication from Almaty residents about plans of construction of a mountain ski resort “Kok-Jailau”. Thus, violations of public rights committed already at the initial stage of realization of the project of the ski resort will be reviewed at the international level.

Professor, doctor Michael Succow, honorary president of Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union of Germany (NABU), alternative Nobel prize winner (Right Livelihood Award) arrived to Kazakhstan, in order to experience its nature a little closer. The trip was organized by the Michael Succow Fund in collaboration with the Greifswald University and the Kazakh National University named after al-Farabi. Together with German and Kazakh students, Michael Succow conducts researches of ecological systems of Balkhash and Northern Tian-Shan regions.

Following is a brief summary of the lawsuits undertaken by the Ecological Society “Green Salvation“ in 2013.

Development of infrastructure for the mountain ski resort on Kok-Jailau will extremely negatively reflect on biodiversity of Ile-Alatau National Park. As a result of the site development and increasing pressure from inflow of tourists, the birds and animals will inevitably be forced out of their habitats.

On September 25-28, the 38th Meeting of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee reviewed measures undertaken by Kazakhstan to comply with the decision IV/9c.  This decision was made by the Forth Meeting of the Parties of the Aarhus Convention which issued a warning to Kazakhstan in relation to the repeated violations of the requirements of the Convention and incompliance with the decision III/6c. Had Kazakhstan not executed the conditions stipulated in the decision IV/9c in the full extent, the warning would have come into action on May 1, 2012. But consideration of the case was delayed.

On September 25-28, the 38th Meeting of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee reviewed measures undertaken by Kazakhstan to comply with the decision IV/9c.  This decision was made by the Forth Meeting of the Parties of the Aarhus Convention which issued a warning to Kazakhstan in relation to the repeated violations of the requirements of the Convention and incompliance with the decision III/6c. Had Kazakhstan not executed the conditions stipulated in the decision IV/9c in the full extent, the warning would have come into action on May 1, 2012. But consideration of the case was delayed.

An open public petition with a demand to prohibit construction of a mountain ski resort in Kok-Zhailau valley located in Ile-Alatau National Park was published on the web-site of the Ecological Society Green Salvation in December of the last year. The petition was addressed to the state authorities: Ministry of Industry and New Technologies, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ministry of Finance, Akimat (Mayor’s Office) of Almaty, political parties of Kazakhstan, and also to the President and members of the Parliament.

We continue publication of materials from a series “Almaty – city of contrasts”. While the previous photo collection reflected a view of an imaginary tourist, these pictures were taken by a real foreign guest. One of those who are focused on by the supporters of construction of the mountain ski resort on Kok-Zhailau.

It is being said a lot lately about a necessity to actively develop tourism in Kazakhstan. Overall, the idea is absolutely right, but…

Expert in ecotourism, author of two guide-books around Kazakhstan, co-author of a textbook on eco-tourism, twice “Honored Tourism Worker of the RK”.

 

On March 9, 2012, the Ecological Society Green Salvation sent a letter to the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee in an attempt to facilitate implementation of the decision IV/9c. On March 27, 2012, the thirty-sixth meeting of the Compliance Committee started in Geneva.

On March 9, 2012, the Ecological Society Green Salvation sent a letter to the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee in an attempt to facilitate implementation of the decision IV/9c. On March 27, 2012, the thirty-sixth meeting of the Compliance Committee started in Geneva.

In April 2011, head of the Kazakhstani Department of Regulation and Control of Forestry and Protected Areas Kairat Ustemirov announced that the government would lease national parklands for 49 years, primarily for the development of eco-tourism and related infrastructural needs. No doubt eager businessmen looking to capitalize on Kazakhstan’s mountainous regions and a government in times of global economic hardship welcome developments of this ilk, and indeed Mr. Ustemirov stated that a number of projects already were underway. However, how the leasing of these lands will impact Kazakhs today and in future decades constitutes a completely different matter. While it is uncertain that the people would even see the revenue from leased lands, it is even more uncertain what unintended ramifications the populace and local eco-systems would encounter as a result of development. Moreover, these concerns say nothing about the tremendous threat that accompanies any sale of public land to the privatized, for-profit sector—the threat against the social fabric.

Open letter

As known, the seventh Conference of ministers “Environment for Europe” will take place in Astana on September 21-23, 2011. We are concerned that Kazakhstan approaches such important international forum with unsatisfactory results in the area of environmental protection and compliance with the international agreements, particularly, the Aarhus Convention.
 
At the Forth Meeting of the Parties of the Aarhus Convention ended on July 1, 2011, in Chisinau (Moldova), the Republic of Kazakhstan was issued a caution and for the third time the country was admitted to fail its compliance with a number of the Convention provisions (decisions IV/9с on compliance by Kazakhstan with its obligations under the Convention).

From the legal point of view, Kazakhstan is not ready for construction of an atomic power station (APS).

Following is a brief summary of the lawsuits undertaken by the Ecological Society “Green Salvation“ in 2011.

The Fourth Session of the Meeting of the Parties (MoP) to the Aarhus Convention, which culminated yesterday in Chisinau, saw governments and non-governmental organizations debating on what is by now the regular business of Aarhus MoPs: mandates of task forces on information, participation and justice being renewed and revised, several Parties being publicly rebuked for being in non-compliance and asked to take corrective measures, and discussions on the content of the forthcoming work programme and how it will be funded.. The area on which the sharpest disagreement between governments and NGOs emerged was over the extent to which countries outside the UNECE region should be facilitated in acceding to the Convention – perhaps a sign that the Convention has come of age, and of a growing perception that now the time has come to share its benefits worldwide.

Today, the Fourth Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention (MOP-4) started in Chisinau, Moldova. For three days, negotiators from 44 signatory countries are will be discussing the status of the implementation, the work programme for the coming years, the compliance mechanism and individual cases of non-compliance, public participation in international fora (PPIF), and whether to open the Aarhus Convention to other countries outside the UNECE region.

  Green Salvation Herald 2011 has been published in English. The new issue of the Herald includes materials on compliance with the Aarhus Convention by the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

On June 29, 2011, the Forth Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention will take place in the city of Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. The Parties prepared reports about their compliance with the Convention to be presented during the Meeting. From our opinion, the document prepared by the Republic of Kazakhstan does not contain answers to the questions which needed be covered, according to the reporting requirements set forth by the organs of the Convention. In this regard, the Ecological Society Green Salvation prepared comments to the National report presented by the Republic of Kazakhstan.

 
In summer 2011, the Forth Meeting of the Parties of the Aarhus Convention will take place in the city of Kishinev (Republic of Moldova). The Parties prepared reports about their compliance with the Convention to be presented during the Meeting. From our opinion, the document prepared by the Republic of Kazakhstan does not reflect some important aspects. Moreover, the document does not answer many questions which needed to be covered, in accordance with the reporting requirements of the organs of the Convention.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that nobody at any conditions should be subjected to humiliation. Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan states: “Human’s dignity is inviolable.” But it seems that neither the Universal Declaration of Human Right, nor the Constitution is able to confront the insanity of free market in our country. 

Sinkholes are appearing in and around the village of Berezovka as the ground gives way near the territory of the Karachaganak Oil and Gas Condensate Field in western Kazakhstan.  Local residents are concerned that this is could be related to the expanded exploration and drilling of oil and gas condensate at the Karachaganak Field. 

Since 2002, the Ecological Society Green Salvation has utilized judicial methods to defend human and environmental rights.  We uphold the right of citizens to access environmental information; we strive to repeal the conclusions of state environmental assessments conducted in violation of the law; and we contest the inactivity of state bodies. On average, Green Salvation submits about 10 lawsuits each year.

On September 23-26, Almaty hosted International festival of cinematography “Eurasia”. One of the festival’s subsections devoted to the modern French cinematography was opened by the premiere of the full-length documentary “Oceans”.

During the film presentation, Joel Chapron, promotion director for the French cinematography in the Eastern Europe, noted: “It took four years to shoot this grandiose film, and editing took another two years».

Green Salvation’s staff member Nadezhda Berkova had an opportunity to participate in a conversation with the film cameraman Rene` Heuzey and to ask him a few questions. 

The National Aarhus Center posted on its web-site the Draft National Report on Compliance with the Aarhus Convention in the Republic of Kazakhstan (RK).
The Draft Report is available at the web-forum of the National Aahus Center of the RK, and at the CARNet web-site: Environment and Sustainable Development in Central Asia and Russia.

Public comments and suggestions to the Draft Report will be accepted by the National Aarhus Center before November 19, 2010, by the e-mail: orhus@iacoos.kz. Considering the fact that the preparation of the Report is a responsibility of the Ministry of Environment, it is surprising that the Report has been published on the Ministry web-site only November 3, 2010.

On November 19, Ecological Society Green Salvation sent its comments for the Draft Report on Compliance with the Aarhus Convention in the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Ministry.

 
In July 2010, the Secretariat of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making Process, and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters reminded the Parties of the Convention that the National Reports about Compliance with the Convention must be submitted in a timely manner.

The Reports must be submitted to the Secretariat before December 8, 2010. There are 55 days left!
 

Three years ago, in September 2007, president of Kazakhstan assigned prime-minister to check legislation compliance of the new construction developments in the city of Almaty.

The enterprise “Tsentrbeton Ltd.” (old name is KSMK-3) which specializes on storage and distribution of cement and coal, production of concrete and claydite-concrete, started its activity in 1998 in an immediate proximity of the residential houses located on Bokeykhanov street (Almaty, Kazakhstan). The nearest land lots turned out to be located within the sanitary and protection zone of the enterprise. The local residents were deprived from the normal conditions necessary for life and rest. Their houses and yards are constantly being covered by dust. The cement dust enters the soil and damages their home garden plants.

The Ecological Society “Green Salvation” was addressed by a group of citizens living in the city of Almaty on Raiymbek street. The people were concerned that their rights on favorable environment were violated because of construction of a State veterinary laboratory (contractor – “Almatyenergoresurs” LLP) which was taking place on the territory of their private land lots next to their houses.

On June 1, the Specialized Interregional Economic Court of Astana City made a decision on the lawsuit about inactivity of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and about admitting as invalid the Head sanitary inspector’s conclusion on reduction of the sanitary protection zone of the “Karachaganak Petroleum Operating B.V.” enterprise. The lawsuit was mounted by Ecological Society “Green Salvation” on June 19, 2008, in order to protect lawful interests of the residents of Berezovka village, West-Kazakhstan oblast.
 

The Kazakh press (Kazakhstan Today and Kazinform) announced on Friday, July 23 that a working group is being created by the government of Kazakhstan to develop a proposal to solve the problems in Berezovka, Kazakhstan.   The working group was created following a trip to Western Kazakhstan Oblast by Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister, Karim Masimov.  According to press reports, the Working Group will be headed by the Minister of Environment, Nurgali Ashimov, and will also include a representative of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Oil and Gas, and the NGO community.  According to Prime Minister Masimov, “The issue is a hot topic, and a lot of attention has been focused on it…..we need to resolve it.”  Although Prime Minister Masimov does not name it, Berezovka’s problem is the need to be relocated away from the toxic emissions of the Karachaganak Oil and Gas Condensate Field.

April 30th, Specialized Interregional Economic Court (SIEC) of Astana city organized on-site hearings in Berezovka village, West-Kazakhstan oblast. The lawsuit about inactivity of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and admitting the Head sanitary inspector’s conclusion on reduction of the sanitary protection zone to be invalid was mounted on June 19, 2008, by Ecological Society Green Salvation, in order to protect interests of the village residents.

Kazakhstan’s State Agency to Combat Economic Crimes and Corruption has filed a claim of more than $700 million against the consortium Karachaganak Petroleum Operating (KPO), which is developing the Karachaganak Field.

The first ever lawsuit filed by NGOs against the Government of Kazakhstan has received a continuance. The Review Board of the Supreme Court satisfied the complaint filed by the public association “Zhasil Dala” and the Ecological Society “Green Salvation” with its decision to continue to review the case regarding relocating the residents of the village of Berezovka.

Light, heat, hot water – all these comfort life components can be abundant and absolutely free, and there is no need to even burn coal for that. Don’t you believe it? Come and check yourself at the New Energy course organized by the Center of biophysical ecology of Kazakh national university named after al-Farabi. The course is organized for schoolchildren from the town of Balkhash since 2004.

September 10, 2009, Review Board of the Court of Astana city held hearings of a complaint for review submitted by the Ecological Society “Green Salvation”, Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law, and Public Association “Shanyrak”. The lawsuit was mounted to protect interests of the citizens of Berezovka village (West-Kazakhstan oblast).

    Nature, human, culture - are the universe, and we have only started to recognize its first edges. These and many other topics are being brought up for discussion in the club “Green Lens”. The club hosts many interesting meetings with movie-makers and amateurs who film the nature, scientists-environmentalists and non-profit organization representatives. And of course, meetings with interesting movies.

Two years ago, September 10, 2007, Specialized Interregional Economic Court of Almaty City made a decision about liquidation of an illegal dumpster located on the territory of Ile-Alatau national park to the south of the alpine ski-resort Chimbulak. Lack of control of the Akimat of Almaty City and Almaty City Territorial Department on Environmental Protection over the conditions of the natural environment was declared to be inaction! So far the court decision has not been executed; some of the constructional and domestic wastes are still there, and the site remediation works have not been even started yet.

Ecological society “Green Salvation” was addressed by the citizens of Almaty. During a walk on the territory of Ile-Alatau National Park in the area of Big Almaty Lake and its water-protection zone, they noticed several illegal dumps.

It is hard to believe, but the facts are convincing. July 15, 2009, the Supreme Court made a decision* that… not all of the statements of the Aarhus Convention have an obligatory status and not all of them shall be applied directly! But only a year and a half ago before the Third meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention, the opinion of the Supreme Court** was the opposite. It fully matched the opinion of the General Public Prosecutor and the Ministry of Environmental Protection: the Convention has an obligatory status and has a priority over laws of Kazakhstan and shall be enforced directly!

May 26, 2009, a coalition of the US non-profit organizations published a report “True cost of Chevron”. The document was made as an alternative to the annual meeting of Chevron stakeholders which took place in San-Ramon, Ca.  The report contains negative facts of Chevron activities in different parts of the world, including Kazakhstan. Chapter devoted to our country describes consequences of the activities of the company and its partners at the deposits Tengiz and Karachaganak and includes a history of a struggle of Berezovka village citizens for their right to live in a healthy environment.

In August 2008, the Ecological Society Green Salvation asked the company Karachaganak Petroleum Operating B.V. (KPO) for the results of its environmental monitoring in 2002-2008. According to the Environmental Code of the Republic of Kazakhtan, the public has the right to receive such information from users of natural resources.

 
    The people of the Republic of Kazakhstan express great concern for the planned “Moinak Electricity Transmission Project”, prepared by the joint stock company “Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company” (KEGOC). According to this plan, construction is proposed for two 220 kV overhead transmission lines (OHTL), which will connect the Moinak Hydro Power Plant on the Charyn River (Raimbek District, Almaty Oblast) with acting electricity grids.  It is planned that OHTL will cross through the territory of the Charyn and Altyn-Emel national parks.  KEGOC has applied for project financing from the World Bank.
   An open letter with the demand to make changes in the project in order to move OHTL away from the borders of national parks, was supported by 85 citizens and different organizations in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Russia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, who care about the fate of these unique corners of nature. The Ecological Society Green Salvation thanks everyone who supported the letter!
    On May 19, the letter was sent to the President, the Parliament, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Forestry and Hunting Committee, and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
    On June 1, the Minister of Agriculture, A. K. Kurishbaev, responded to an open public letter regarding the Moinak Electricity Transmission Project.  According to the Minister's letter, published on the official blog, “the Forestry and Hunting Committee proposed that “Energostroiproekt” Ltd., which is selecting and coordinating the route of the overhead transmission lines (OHTL), consider the possibility of constructing OHTL outside the boundaries of the Altyn-Emel and Charyn national parks” (letter #25-02-09-25/2611 from 05/20/2009).

   On June 10, 2009 the Board on Civil Affairs of the Astana City Court considered appeals by Green Salvation, the Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights, and the NGO “Shanyrak” and by the Chief State Sanitary Doctor. The case was submitted on behalf of the residents of the village of Berezovka (Western Kazakhstan Oblast).
    In their appeal, submitted on May 14, the plaintiffs requested the that “the decision of the Specialized Interregional Economic Court (SIEC) of Astana City on April 30, 2009, regarding the failure of the government and ministries to act, be overturned as illegal, and the case sent to be considered on the grounds of its legal requirements by another judge.”

   On April 30, 2009 the Specialized Interregional Economic Court (SIEC) of Astana City issues its decision regarding the lawsuit by Green Salvation, the Kazakhstan International Bureau on Human Rights, and the republican NGO “Shanyrak”. The suit was filed on behalf of the residents of the village of Berezovka (Western Kazakhstan Oblast).
    The plaintiffs’ demands were satisfied in part. The Court declared the conclusions of the Chief State Sanitary Doctor № 07-2 of Jan. 16, 2004 regarding the Dec. 25, 2003 amendments to the project “Sanitary-Protective Zone of the Karachaganak Oil and Gas Condensate Field”, to be illegal. This means that the previous regime for the sanitary-protective zone (five kilometers, rather than three) was reinstituted. The plaintiffs’ remaining demands were left unsatisfied.

   On February 12, the Ecological Society “Green Salvation”, the Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law, and the Nationwide Public Association “Shanyrak” issued a complaint to the Appellate Board on Civic Affairs for the Astana City Court. The complaint was submitted in connection with the fact that, on January 30, the judge of the Almaty District Court of Astana City decided that the case falls under the jurisdiction of the… Specialized Interregional Economic Court of Astana City!

The Uralsk Environmental Public Prosecutor’s Office  has reported the results of its check regarding the compliance of the company Karachaganak Petroleum Operating B.V. with environmental legislation in 2007-2008. The company continues to ignite gas flares and dispose of wastes at levels exceeding legal norms. The scale of the damage inflicted on the environment is estimated at nearly 4 billion tenge (US $26.7 million).

The Ecological Society Green Salvation presents the first section of the Citizen's Guide to Defending the Right to a Healthy Environment, - "Defending the Rights of Citizens Given “Point” Development" (in Russian).

The polluting of Almaty’s air by automobiles and industry has become a true disaster.  In 2008, emissions of polluted matter totaled 237,116 tons, of which 47,016 tons were discharged by stationary sources, including the “Teployelektrotsentral-2 power station” and individual housing sector.

One of the polluting enterprises is “Tsentrbeton Ltd” (formerly known as KSMK-3), located on Bokeikhanova Street.  The enterprise specializes in storing and selling cement and coal, and producing concrete and concrete products.  It began operations in 1998.  The surrounding houses and land plots were rendered within the borders of the plant’s Sanitary Protection Zone.  Ownership of the enterprise repeatedly changed hands; however the change in ownership in no way led to improvements in the environmental situation.


Following is a brief summary of the lawsuits undertaken by the Ecological Society “Green Salvation“ in 2008.

   For the first time, a court in the Republic of Kazakhstan has agreed to review a lawsuit from the public against the government for its failure to act, which has led to a violation of the right of citizens to a healthy environment.

On April 25, 2008, the Office of Compliance, Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO) of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) found the IFC out of compliance with its own regulations for toxic emissions at the Karachaganak Oil and Gas Condensate Field in western Kazakhstan. Six months later, the case remains open with the CAO.

On October 7, 2008, the Ecological Society Green Salvation and Crude Accountability sent a letter to the participants of the meeting of The Greens/EFA and the European Green Party (Paris, October 9-12, 2008) to bring attention to the question of observing the human right to a healthy environment in Kazakhstan.

September 28 – This year marks the 6th annual International Right to Know Day. In more than 40 countries worldwide, representatives of civil society, journalists, and human rights defenders remind citizens about their right to access to information, and about problems related to the realization of this right.

On June 20, 2008, nongovernmental human rights organizations of Kazakhstan signed a Memorandum on joint activities to monitor the Republic of Kazakhstan’s implementation of its obligations in regards to the development of democracy, rule of law, and the observance of human rights and freedoms, in light of Kazakhstan’s forthcoming chairmanship of the OSCE.

On May 9, the Ecological Society Green Salvation and Crude Accountability submitted a joint complaint to the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to protect the rights of Berezovka residents (Burlinsky District, Western Kazakhstan Oblast).

June 10, the participants of a protest action, taking place now in Almaty, appealed to the Third Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention (Riga, June 11-13, 2008). The reason for appeal is the extremely distressing situation in which residents find themselves as a result of the “legal” seizure of land for the purpose of a large-scale residential construction development.

The Ecological Society “Green Salvation” announces the publication of new materials regarding the Republic of Kazakhstan’s implementation of the Aarhus Convention.

This report, in the form of an addendum to the Committee's report to the Meeting of the Parties, has been prepared by the Committee following its review of the implementation by Kazakhstan of the recommendations contained in decision II/5a of the Meeting of the Parties and of the recommendations made in connection with communication  ACCC/C/2004/06 adopted by the Committee in accordance with paragraph 36 (b) of the annex to decision I/7 of the Meeting of the Parties. The review was carried out, inter alia, on the basis of the report provided by Kazakhstan pursuant to paragraph 8 of decision II/5a.

On March 26, 2008, Kazakhstan’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of the environmental nonprofit, Green Salvation, in a precedent setting lawsuit seeking access to environmental information about atmospheric emissions at the Karachaganak Oil and Gas Condensate Field in western Kazakhstan. For the first time in its history, the Kazakhstan Supreme Court considered the terms of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters as mandatory in its ruling.

The Ecological Society Green Salvation received the appraisal report of CAO that responds to the complaint in relation to IFC’s involvement in the Karachaganak Project.

At the18th Meeting of the Aarhus Convention’s Compliance Committee, which took place on November 28-30, 2007, one of the topics for review was the Republic of Kazakhstan’s compliance with Decision II/5 and the Recommendations to Communication ACCC/C/2004/06. Also under consideration was the new information regarding Communication ACCC/C/2007/20, which the Ecological Society Green Salvation submitted to the Committee in May 2007. Below is an excerpt of the meeting report.

The Third Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters is planned for June 11-13, 2008 in Riga, Latvia. Kazakhstan, like the other parties to the Convention, must prepare a national report on its implementation of the Convention.

Ecocide is the intentional, intensive destruction and pollution of the natural environment, creating the threat of environmental catastrophe.  This is precise characterization of the situation in the Maly Almatinsky Canyon (alongside the City of Almaty), which has developed as a result of the lack of consistent policies to protect the Republic of Kazakhstan’s most valuable natural territories.

On July 25, 2007, Green Salvation received  letter from CAO. Ombudsman office suggested to close the complaint of organization.