OSCE Aarhus Center created in Atyrau


Andrei Sokolov

OSCE Aarhus Center created in AtyrauRepresentatives of the Kazakh Ministry of Environment Protection, Atyrau akimat, OSCE Center in Astana and Ecological Forum of the country’s NGOs have signed a memorandum of creation of the Aarhus Centre in the Caspian Sea region in Atyrau.

First Deputy Governor Bolat Daukenov reminded that Kazakhstan signed and ratified the Aarhus Convention in the sphere of environment protection, which was adopted in 1998.

Executive secretary of the Kazakh Ministry of Environment Protection Anatoly Dernovoi informed that today 179 NGOs function in Kazakhstan, activity of which is connected with ecology. And all important projects, which can influence environment, are discussed at public consultations.

Head of the OSCE Center in Astana Alexander Kelchevsky noted that the Center created in Atyrau will allow  to make ecology protection more efficient.

On the opinion of Chairman of the Kazakh Ecological Forum of the NGOs Kaisha Atakhanova, the Aarhus center in Atyrau can be a good platform for a dialogue between public and companies engaged in petroleum operations on the Caspian shelf. It will be a link between the central, local state bodies and NGOs in the sphere of ecological policy and it realization in the Zhaiyk-Caspian zone.

A.Kelchevsky announced: “The opening of such center on the eve of Kazkhstan’s chairmanship in the OSCE in 2010 is an efficient, clever and elegant gesture. It shows and proves Kazakhstan’s striving for modern approaches of ecological issues solution. And not only ecological.”

This center will improve a dialogue between the governmental structures and civil society, strengthen a role of the civil society and democratic process.