Nazarbayev ordered to establish causes of saiga mortality

President chaired a Security Council session.
At the Security Council session that brought up environmental safety, Nazarbayev resented the inability to identify the root causes of saiga mass mortality, refers to Akorda reporting.

The President underscored that the Government and local executive bodies, pursuing Kazakhstan’s sustainable development objectives, are required to focus on saving biodiversity of the flora and fauna, and try to sort out the root causes of saiga mass deaths in some districts in the country.

It’s a shame, he said, that the versions of the animal’s death differ, no one can establish the real reasons. It points to total incompetence, absence of professionals in this area, the President resented.

He also emphasized the need for a speediest possible addressing of the situation around the population’s health in Kalachi village of Akmola region and Beryozovka in West Kazakhstan region, and to provide the people’s access to information about the environmental situation in their places of residence.

"So far, no one has come up with coherent explanation of the cause of the phenomenon (sleep disease) in Kalachi village. If the competent authorities could not understand the situation, they should have invited foreign professionals to look into it, Nazarbayev went on.

He pointed out that the establishment of an effective mechanism of forecasting and prevention of environmental risks would help minimize the damage from the natural and manmade emergencies.

The environmental policy, he said, should seek business involvement in addressing resource saving and introduction of non-waste technologies.

Improvement of the population’s health and quality of life necessitate breakthrough researches and developments of Kazakhstan science, enabling a strategic analysis of the ecology and prevention of emergencies.

The President also drew attention to the importance of efficient use of two Kazakhstan’s remote sensing spacecraft, launched in 2014 for environmental monitoring and early detection of environmental risks.

Environmental risks such as land desertification and degradation, air quality in some localities, water mismanagement, industrial waste, accumulation of waste, including dumps, call for government and business to undertake concrete measures.

In his report, the Energy Minister Vladimir Shkolnik, gave an overview of the environmental situation, the activities of state agencies in this area, including in the frames of the Concept of Kazakhstan’s transition to green economy.

Specific instructions were given to the Government in the end that will be followed up by the Security Council.

Elmira Kirgeyeva
19:38,12 June 2015

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