The first session
of Public Council on cross-sector cooperation for implementation
of international environmental protection conventions in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan’s Ecological Forum of NGOs initiated organization of a roundtable on
implementation of environmental protection conventions in the Republic of
Kazakhstan which took place on November 5-6, 2001 in Kokshetau.
Major results included improved cooperation among
key sectors, namely, governmental agencies, NGOs, Parliament, and other
structures involved in implementation of environmental conventions.
Cross-sector cooperation is essential for successful implementation of the
conventions. At the Roundtable establishment of the Public Council for
cross-sector cooperation on implementation of environmental protection
conventions in Kazakhstan was proposed as a way for fostering interaction among
the three sectors.
The original plan called for The Public Council to carry out its activities in
the form of sessions. It was proposed that the first session would be organized
in late January-February 2002. Because of the number of objective reasons the
first session took place on November 6, 2002 in Almaty.
In accordance with the agenda, the session’s participants were provided with a
Report summarizing results of the Roundtable organized in Kokshetau on November
5-6, 2001. Ms. Bragina representing NGO “Naurzum” presented a report on
implementation of key environmental protection conventions in Kazakhstan. Mr.
Ishankulov, Chief Expert of the Program “Institutional capacity building for
sustainable development in Kazakhstan” described actions undertaken in
Kazakhstan under international ecological conventions. Particularly, the
following conventions were discussed:
- Convention on combating desert expansion.
- Convention on preservation of biodiversity.
- Convention on World heritage.
- Convention on preservation of swamps and bodies of water (Ramsar
- Convention on migrating species (Bonn convention).
- Convention on climate change.
- Convention on persistent organic pollutants (Stockholm convention).
- Orhus Convention on access to ecological information, public participation
in decision making and access to justice on environmental issues.
Mr. Bekniyasov, Specialist of Kazakhstan’s Environmental Ministry Ecological
Policy Department further discussed implementation of international convention
in Kazakhstan. He stressed that the new Minister of the Environment, Ms.
Samakova, had initiated a series of reforms leading to development of several
governmental-level proposals on implementation of environmental protection
Participants of the session came to the conclusion that public participation
in implementation of key international conventions was extremely important and
further actions would have to be planned and undertaken.
The session led to development of the
Agreement on cross-sector cooperation aimed at implementation of international
environmental convention protections in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The
Agreement has been sent out to several ministries and other governmental
Also, as a result of the discussions, the sessions’ participants decided to
develop the Strategy of Kazakhstan NGOs actions aimed
at implementation of environmental protection conventions in Kazakhstan. The
strategy will be presented at the fourth Ecological Forum of Kazakhstan NGOs.