08ASTANA2473, KAZAKHSTAN ESTH UPDATE, NOVEMBER 2008

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08ASTANA2473 2008-12-18 16:27 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ASTANA 002473 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ECON SENV ENRG EPET KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN ESTH UPDATE, NOVEMBER 2008 
 
ASTANA 00002473  001.2 OF 002 
 
 
1.  The information for this update on environmental, science, 
technology, and health issues in Kazakhstan is drawn primarily from 
the Kazakhstani press and has not been verified. 
 
-- Enterprises Rated on Environmental Efficiency 
-- Amendments to the Environmental Code 
-- Expanded Environmental Monitoring of the Caspian 
-- Hepatitis Outbreak in Semey 
-- Animal Health Convention Ratified for WTO Accession 
-- President Views Koksaray Reservoir Construction Site 
-- KazSat-1 Lost For Good 
-- Space Program Budget Reduced 
 
ENTERPRISES RATED ON ENVIRONMENTAL EFFICIENCY 
 
2. On November 21, Minister of Environmental Protection Nurlan 
Iskakov presented 2008 ratings of the environmental efficiency of 
150 enterprises.  The ratings are taken into account in issuing 
pollution permits.  Ratings were first made in 2007 and covered 46 
enterprises. 
 
AMENDMENTS TO ENVIROMENTAL CODE 
 
3. On November 28, Vice Minister of Environmental Protection Alzhan 
Braliyev presented to parliament a package of proposed amendments to 
the environmental code.  If adopted, the amendments, which are based 
on EU environmental standards, would restrict the importation of 
highly polluting and outdated technology and equipment, except for 
used cars. 
 
EXPANDED ENVIROMENTAL MONITORING OF THE CASPIAN 
 
4. On November 4, Anargul Kalelova, Deputy Director General of 
KazHydroMet, announced her agency's plans to expand its 
environmental monitoring of the Caspian Sea.  KazHydroMet currently 
monitors the Caspian from seven observation stations, but a new sea 
vessel, the "Tabigat," with an onboard laboratory, will help conduct 
surveys of water and air pollution and bottom sediments.  Kalelova 
also said that the five Caspian littoral states intend to sign a 
multilateral agreement on joint environmental monitoring of the 
Caspian in the very near future. 
 
HEPATITIS OUTBREAK IN SEMEY 
 
5. Interfax reported on November 6 that five secondary schools in 
Semey, East Kazakhstan oblast, were closed for quarantine due to an 
outbreak of hepatitis A.  Twenty-four children were diagnosed with 
the disease.  In response, a public health campaign was launched to 
vaccinate 1,500 school children. 
 
CONVENTION RATIFIED ON ANIMAL HEALTH ORGANIZATION 
 
6.  On December 4, the Senate ratified the 1924 international 
convention establishing the World Organization for Animal Health 
(OIE).  Interfax described ratification of the OIE convention as 
necessary for Kazakhstan's accession to the World Trade 
Organization.  Ratification will help bring Kazakhstani veterinary 
legislation into compliance with international standards. 
 
PRESIDENT VIEWS KOKSARAY RESERVOIR CONSTRUCTION SITE 
 
7. On November 11, President Nazarbayev visited the construction 
site of the Koksaray water reservoir in South Kazakhstan oblast. 
The reservoir is designed to protect the local population from 
spring flooding from the Syr-Darya River and to store water for crop 
irrigation.  Construction is expected to be completed in 2012.  It 
is anticipated that the reservoir will have the capacity to hold 
approximately two to three billion cubic meters of water. 
 
KAZSAT-1 LOST FOR GOOD 
 
8. Kazakhstan's National Space Agency officially reported the loss 
of KazSat-1, the first Kazakhstani telecom satellite, on November 
26.  This announcement followed a claim by Russia's Khrunichev State 
Research and Production Center, which built the satellite, that 
 
ASTANA 00002473  002.2 OF 002 
 
 
KazSat-1 had been repaired.  The National Space Agency alleged that 
Khrunichev "attempted to swindle Kazakhstan into accepting a 
non-operational satellite."  Despite the failure of KazSat-1, 
Khrunichev is continuing to complete construction of KazSat-2. 
 
SPACE PROGRAM BUDGET REDUCED 
 
9. On November 25, Minister of Economy and Budget Planning Bakhyt 
Sultanov reported that the budget for the national space program 
would be cut in half.  It had previously been expected that 
approximately one billion dollars would be allocated for the space 
program in the 2009-11 budget. 
 
HOAGLAND

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