National park under threat

28.6.2014 - Ile-Alatau National Park / Almaty Province

In Ile-Alatau National park close to former capital Almaty, Tien Shan mountain range, authorities and developers plan to privatize part of the mountains, devastate the nature and build ski resort. They say it will attract Europeans to visit Kazakhstan. 350 million euro from public budget is supposed to be spent. Local citizens do not agree and suspect politicians that in the fact they plan to build private residential complex for proponents of the regime.

Ile-Alatau National park is the home to apple trees, tulips and also important habitat for snow leopard, one of the most endangered wild animals in the world.

Aarhus Convention should provide citizens of signatory countries (including Kazakhstan) with access to the information, right for participation in decision making in environmental issues, and right for independent judiciary. In Ile-Alatau case, these principles and voice of the public are disregarded.

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