President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev signed the Law “On ratification of the Protocol on the protection of the Caspian Sea from pollution from land-based sources and as a result of activities carried out on land to the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea.”
This was reported on Monday by the press service of Akorda.
The corresponding law was previously approved by the Senate (upper house) and the Mazhilis (lower house) of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
“The presence of the largest hydrocarbon reserves in the Caspian Sea actualizes the issue of preserving the ecology and biological resources of the reservoir. The main goal of the protocol is to prevent, reduce, control and eliminate pollution of the marine environment from land-based sources to achieve and maintain an ecologically healthy marine environment of the Caspian Sea, ”said Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan Serikkali Brekeshev at the plenary session of the Senate.
According to him, the protocol, in particular, is aimed at using or promoting the use of BAT (best available technologies) and environmental practices, gaining access to them and transferring them when carrying out economic activities in the water area of the sea or in its coastal zone.
The protocol was signed in December 2012 in Moscow.
The Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea was signed in November 2003 by representatives of the five Caspian countries: Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan.
The purpose of the convention is to protect the marine environment of the Caspian Sea from pollution, including the conservation, restoration, sustainable and rational use of its biological resources.
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