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Fishermen at Balkhash lake with the smelter on skylineKazakhstan is the eighth largest country in the worlds, and one of the least densely populated. In includes almost all climatic zones and types of environment – from deserts and steppes to wetlands, forests and snow covered mountains reaching more than four thousand meters. Although having beautiful and wild nature, the country suffers from numerous environmental problems.

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Poisoned rivers, abandoned industrial objects, mining and oil industry, almost non-existing waste management and continuous operation of outdated industrial technologies – these are only some of the main sources of serious environmental pollution. In many cases, details like data on exact contamination level or the content of chemical substances the are not researched and remain unknown. People are thus not aware of possible health hazards.

While also new challenges appear, civil society is still fragile and developing. Poor access to the information and decision making procedures keep the voice of majority of the citizens unheard. On the other hand, president of Kazakhstan announced ambitious "Strategy 2050" aimed to develop the green economy and lift the country among 30 most wealthy countries in the world.

We help to identify some of serious environmental problems, suggest solutions and support civil society to enforce the right to live healthy environment.


Our projects

Public participation in decision making on environmental issues

Implementing period: 2014 – 2017

Location: Mangystau Province

Improving chemical safety to reduce poverty

Implementing period: 2012 – 2015

Location: Karagandy, Pavlodar, Akmola and East Kazakhstan Provinces

Расширение прав граждан для химической безопасности

Срок реализации: 2013–2015 годы (30 месяцев)

Области: Карагандинская, Павлодарская, Акмолинская и Восточно-Казахстанская

Our projects are funded by the European Union. This presentation has been produced with the assistance of the EU. The contents of this presentation are the sole responsibility of Arnika and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the EU.

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