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On February 15, 2018 was held the Workshop of the theme „Methodology and mechanisms for transition of Astana city to low-carbon development”, organized by Akimat of Astana city jointly with Scientific Research and Education Center „Green Academy” by support ofrepresentations of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Asian Development Bank in Kazakhstan.

The purpose of this Workshop is to highlight the development of the Low-Carbon Development Strategy of Astana city (LCDSA) and discuss the implementation mechanisms under the Paris Climate Agreement.

The moderator of the event was the Director of SREC „Green Academy”, Member of the „green economy” Council under the President of the RK, Dr. Bakhyt Yessekina.

The workshop was opened by Deputy Akim of Astana city Mr. Kosman Aytmuhametov. In particular, he noted that climate change creates a great threat to normal life of the city.In this regard, akimat of the city decided to develop strategic measures to reduce greenhouse gas and waste emissions, improve energy efficiency and ensure environmental education of the population for the long term. Working groups have been created under the akimat, each of which has its own line of work, including the development of a strategy for transition of Astana city to low-carbon development. At present, the working groups have started to work.

The welcoming speech was also made by Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Environmental Regulation and Control of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Zulfukhar Zholdasov, representative of Asian Development Bank Mrs. Na Von Kim, member of Presidium of the Association of Ecological Organizations of Kazakhstan Ms. Saltanat Rakhimbekova.The speakers noted the importance of developing a low-carbon strategy for the city within the framework of the transition of the Republic of Kazakhstan to low-carbon development, financial and expert assistance from international organizations, and broad participation of civil society in decisions and projects.

Participants of the workshop — members of the working group of the Akimat of Astana city on working out a low-carbon development strategy, representatives of central and local government bodies, international organizations, business, non-governmental organizations, scientists and experts, introduced the current trends and approaches on transition to low-carbon development. According to experts, the main tasks in fighting with climate change are adaptation of new tools for assessing the city’s carbon potential and developing practical measures to mitigate climate risks.

Presentations on planning and investment financing, methodology of low-carbon strategy and emission control directions on the blockchain platform, economic instruments for the development of a low-carbon strategy, indicators of the Agreement of Mayors of the EU cities were made by: Mr. Frederiс Asseline, Specialist of Department on Sustainable Development and Climate, ADB, Dr. Georgy Safonov, Director of the Center of Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation, Mr. Thomas Helm, Head of Representative Office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Kazakhstan, Mr. Pavel Victor, Director of JSC „OCTANTSp.zo.o” (Poland).

Based on the results of the workshop, were given recommendations to the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Management of the Akimat of Astana city on creation with the support of ADB of an expert group of international and national experts to develop a methodology for the Low-Carbon Development Strategy of Astana city, to organize, together with the city Maslikhat of Astana city to hold public hearings on the discussion of the draft of the Astana Integrated Plan for 2018-2021, including the issues on development of Low-Carbon Development Strategy of Astana city.

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On January 12, 2018 a round table on the theme “Perspectives and mechanisms for transition of Astana city to low-carbon development” was held in the conference hall of the Akimat of Astana city. The round table was organized by the Akimat of Astana city and Scientific Research and Educational Center “Green Academy” with the support of the International Financial Center “Astana” and company “Kaukointernational Central Asia” (Finland).

The event was held with the aim of discussing the effective international experience of city decarbonization and developing recommendations on the development of a strategy for the transition of Astana city to low-carbon development.

At the opening of the event Akim of Astana city Mr. Asset Issekeshev noted that within the framework of the Message “New opportunities for development in the conditions of the fourth industrial revolution” President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev asked the akimats to take effective measures to manage natural resources and increase the requirements for energy efficiency and energy saving of enterprises, as well as the environmental friendliness and efficiency of the energy producers.

During the speech also was noted that climatic influences are becoming a factor that negatively affects not only the health of the population but also poses a threat to the normal life of the whole megalopolis. In this regard, the akimat of the city announces 2018, the year of the 20th anniversary of the capital, as the Year of ecology and energy efficiency. In the current year it is planned to develop strategic measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste in the long term.

The Vice Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Gani Sadibekov in his turn added that the Ministry of Energy plans to begin work on the preparation of the technical task for the Strategy on low-carbon development of the Republic of Kazakhstan until 2030. Funding for this project was approved by the Assembly of the Partnership for market readiness (PMR) of the World Bank.

One of the partners in organizing the round table was the Finnish company “Kaukointernational Central Asia”. In this regard, Ambassador of Finland Mr. Mikko Kivikoski told about the country’s progress in the field of “green” economy and low-carbon development and expressed readiness to develop cooperation with Kazakhstan in the implementation of projects and technology transfer.

With presentations and recommendations on the transition of Astana city to low-carbon development, sustainable urban development issues within the SDG, Finland’s experience in cleaning greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, innovative decarbonization of cities, Germany’s experience in improving energy efficiency in industry and transport, creatin the “Smart City” and decarbonization by recycling waste into energy using the example of Vienna, using of smart technologies to improve the energy efficiency of buildings were presented by: Director of the Representative Office of the Asian Development Bank in Kazakhstan Mr. Giovanni Capannelli, Austrian Ambassador to Kazakhstan Mr. Gerhard Sailler, Director of the SREC “Green Academy”, Member of the Council on “green economy” under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Doctor of Economics, Professor Bakhyt Yessekina, Chief Executive Director of “Kaukointernational Central Asia” Ltd. (Finland) Vladimir Olechshenko, General Director of “Delta Engineering” LLP, representative of the Finnish company PolarSol Mr. Yerlan Kuanyshev, Managing Director of ECP Group Oy (Finland) Mr. Tapani Stipa, Director of the Representative Office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Kazakhstan, Mr. Thomas Helm, IFCA Managing Director Mr. Aydar Kazybayev, Director of Development Department, Director for Research and Development Department of “Termotechnika” (Russian Federation) Mr. Valentin Kim.

The moderators of the round table were the Director of SREC “Green Academy”, member of the Council on “green economy” under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Doctor of Economics, Professor Bakhyt Yessekina and Head of the Department of natural resources and regulation of nature management of the Akimat of Astana city Mr. Musa Tanabayev.

The discussion was attended by deputies of the city maslikhat, representatives of state bodies, international organizations and NGOs, scientists and experts.

On the results of the roundtable there were given the recommendations on creation of a Working Group from the number of international and national experts to develop the Strategy for transition of Astana city to low-carbon development.

During the event there was signed the trilateral Memorandum of cooperation between the Akimat of Astana city, SREC “Green Academy” and the company “Kaukointernational Central Asia” (Finland) on capacity development in the field of “green” economy and low-carbon development, development and implementation of programs and projects in the field of environmental protection and ecological safety of Astana city.

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On November 24, 2017, the Scientific and Educational Center “Green Academy” by support of the Representative Office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Kazakhstanand ERG areholding the Expert Seminar on the theme “Green Bridge Partnership Program Action Plan on transition to low-carbon development.”

The iam of the Seminar is discussion of the Green Bridge Partnership Program (GBPP) and development of recommendations for its implementation in the framework of the Paris Climate Agreement.

The GBPP was approved by the governments more than 120 states of Europe, Asia and the Pacific at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2012 and the first time from the Asian region entered to the UN Declaration. In subsequent years, the GBPP was supported at the sub-regional conferences of ESCAP, UNECE, EurAsEC, and other high-level forums and conferences. However, as noted at the opening of the seminar by Moderator, the Member of the Green Council under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Dr. Bakhyt Yessekina the practical implementation of the GBPP in term of Paris Agreement requires an expert support from international and national organizations including academia, business and NGOs.

At the opening speachesthe role of GBPP on the global and national level was underlined by Head of the European Union Delegation in the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Traian Laurentiu Hristea (video-message) and Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the Forestry and Wildlife of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Kazakhstan Mr. Kairat Ustemirov.

Participants of the Seminar received a first-hand information from WWF Director of the Program on Climate and Energy (Russia), Dr. Aleksey Kokorin on the outcome of the 23rd UNFCCC Conference (COP-23) just finished in Bonn (Germany). The questions of the effective international experience in energy efficiency increasing and formation of environmental policy as important directions" realization of “Green Bridge” have been devoted to the presentation of the Head of the Representative Office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Kazakhstan Mr. Thomas Helm and the Senior Expert of Austria Environment Agency by Ms. Johanna Vogel.

Special attention of participants was focused on the discussion of the financial instruments of the implementation of the GBPP in the context of the goals of sustainable development. This direction was devoted to the speech of the Director of the Permanent Mission of Asian Development Bank in Kazakhstan, Mr. Giovanni Capannelli.

The topic of the second part of the seminar was devoted to the discussion of the issues of transition to low-carbon development at the national level. Presentations on this issue were made by the Director of the Centre for Environment of the High Economics School, Ph.D. Georgy Safonov, Head of the Department of Climate Change of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan Gulmira Galiyeva, Chief of Party of the USAID Project " Power the Future " Armen Arzumanyan.

During the extensive discussion in which representatives of the Senate of Parliament of RK, Administration of the President of RK, state agencies, the international organizations, Embassies of Austria, Germany, Romania, Switzerland, Akimat of Astana, business of structures, NGOs recommendations were made to the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on further actions within the framework of the implementation of the GBPP and the Paris Climate Agreement.

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September 21, 2017 in Astana hosted the National Workshop of concerned parties “Implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)” within the framework of the indicator 6.5.1 of the Sustainable Development Goals- 2030 (SDG-2030). The event was organized by the Scientific and Educational Center “Green Academy” in cooperation with the Center for Water and Environment of the United Nations Environment Program (DHI Centre on Water and Environment) and the Global Water Partnership (GWP).

As you know, in September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the Agenda for Sustainable Development until 2030, which includes 17 goals aimed at eliminating poverty, preserving the planet’s resources and ensuring well-being for all. In this regard, the Global Water Partnership has developed the Program of Action for 2016-2019 to support countries in achieving water-related goals of sustainable development, in particular, goal 6.5 for the implementation by 2030 of integrated water resources management at all levels, including through a transboundary cooperation.

To determine the level of implementation of integrated water resources management at national levels, the GWP experts developed a Questionnaire. IWRM issues in Kazakhstan were discussed at a seminar with the participation of CWR representatives of Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Education, UNDP, business associations, national experts, NGOs. During the discussion, a review of the status of water resources management, regulatory framework, financing, implementation of projects in this field was presented. The following persons participated in the discussion: Head of the Department for Regulation of Water Resources Use and Protection, CWR MA RK G.S. Imasheva, Director of the Kazakh Branch of SIC ICWC, Chairman of the Water Partnership of Kazakhstan N.K. Kipshakbaev, President of the “Association of the Water Economy of Kazakhstan” N.B. Atshabarov, head of the department of strategic innovation development of the RSE “Kazvodkhoz” T.S. Kenenbaev, Deputy General Director of JSC “NPO ‘Eurasian Water Center’ L.V. Shabanova, expert of the Public Fund ‘Water Initiatives’ M.B. Arystanov, the head of the RSI ” Esil basin inspection on regulation of use and protection of water resources CWR MA RK" M.T. Ayashev, chief economist-analyst of the Association “Kazakhstan Su Arnasy” M.S. Sarsembekova and others. The expert of the Global Water Partnership B.K. Yesekin and the UNDP project manager “Kazakhstan’s support for the transition to the green economy model” G.T. Isayeva.

Based on the results of the joint discussion at the official and expert levels, an assessment was made of the state of the policy, legislation, funding, and identified further steps for the introduction of IWRM at the national level.

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On September 4-5 of this year, the final event of the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017 / Future Energy Forum "CREATING THE FUTURE" was held in Astana, at which the MANIFEST EXPO-2017 project was adopted.

 

Within the framework of the forum, the Scientific and Educational Center "Green Academy" jointly with the Science Committee of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan and JSC "Samruk-Energo" held a session on "Institutional and economic mechanisms for transition to low-carbon development". The conference was moderated by Member of the Council on the transition to a green economy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Director of the SEC "Green Academy", Doctor of Economic Sciences, Bakhyt Yessekina and Adviser to the Chairman of the Board of JSC "Samruk-Energo", Maxat Touzelbaev.

 

At the opening of the session, welcoming remarks were made by: Deputy Chairman of the Science Committee of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan Erkin Sadykov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to the Republic of Kazakhstan Francis Etienne, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of Kazakhstan Rolf Mafael, Adviser to the Chairman of the Board of JSC "Samruk-Energo", General Director of LLP "Samruk-Green Energy", Doctor of Economics Zhomart Mominbaev.

 

The session discussed political-economic and institutional measures to promote "green" energy and the transition to low-carbon development at the national and global levels, in particular, the prospects for the development of “green” energy and decarbonization in the UAE (pro-rector of the Institute MAZDAR (OAU) Behzhat al-Yusuf) and Germany (Director of the Representative Office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Kazakhstan Thomas Helm), priorities and instruments of the low-carbon development strategy in the Russian Federation (Director of the Climate and Energy Program WWF (Russia) Alexey Kokorin), projects of deep decarbonization in developed countries (expert on decarbonization projects IDDR (France) Henry Vaisman) and countries of Central Asia (director of the Center for Environmental Economics and Nature Management of the Higher School of Economics (RF) Georgy Safonov), CTCN opportunities for the transfer of "green" technologies (Head of the Subregional Office of UNEP Nataliya Alekseeva), initiatives and achievements on clean coal technologies in the European Union (Chairman of the Scientific Committee of Fuel Cells and Co-Enrichment of Hydrogen EU (Romania) Eden Mamut).

 

The discussion was attended by representatives of government agencies, the directorate of the administrative buildings of the Administration of the President and Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs "Atameken", JSC "Karachaganak Petroleum", BI-group, scientists, experts, NGOs from the participating countries EXPO-2017.

 

Within the framework of the event, on September 5, in partnership with LLC «Termotechnika» (Russia), a training was successfully conducted under the supervision of the Director for Research and Development of Valentin Kim on the topic "Smart technologies for improving the energy efficiency of buildings" for the staff of the RSE "Directorate of Administrative Buildings of the Administration of the President and Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan" Office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan", representatives of business companies.

 

The participants of the training got acquainted with new Russian and European developments and achievements in the field of energy saving and promotion of "green"; engineering technologies, as well as the creation of infrastructure eco-projects.

 

Following the session, recommendations were adopted for inclusion in the final document - MANIFEST EXPO -2017.

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In 29-30 June, 2017 in the platform of International exhibition EXPO-2017 in the framework of Forum «Future Energy» took place international conference «Promotion of the «Green Bridge» Partnership Program for the implementation of the Paris Agreement», organized by Scientific-educational center «Green Academy» with Committee on Ecology and Nature Management of Mazhilis Parliament RK and Ministry of education and science RK supported by FEF. The conference was moderated by the Member of the Council on the transition to a "green economy" under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the director of the SEC "Green Academy", Doctor of Economics, Professor Bakhyt Yesekina.

One of the directions of the global environmental initiative of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.A. Nazarbayev - The «Green Bridge» Partnership Program (hereinafter "GBPP") is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to restrain climate change. In this regard, the conference participants - deputies of the Parliament of RK, representatives of state authorities, who represents diplomatic missions and international organizations, scientists and experts from Russia, Tajikistan, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, representatives of business associations and NGOs discussed the mechanisms for the transition to low-carbon development and implementation of the GBPP and The Paris Climate Agreement.

On the first day at the opening of the conference, a welcome speech was made by: Bakhytgul Khamenova, a deputy and member of the Committee on ecology and nature management of the Mazhilis of Parliament RK, and Jonathan Weinberg, secretary, head of the Economics Department of the German Embassy in Kazakhstan. Deputy, member of the Committee on Ecology and Nature Management of the Mazhilis of Parliament RK, Marat Bopazov also spoke at the conference.

Speakers of the conference presented presentations on the role of the PEP in the transition to a "green economy" (the head of the Working Group on the development of the GBPP Bulat Yessekin), the experience of implementing the Paris Agreement in Russia (director of the Center for economics of environment and natural resources of the Higher School of Economics Georgy Safonov), in EAEU (Deputy Director of the Institute of Economy of the CS of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nailya Nurlanova), on the mechanisms of carbon trade in Poland (head of JSC "OCTANT Sp.zo.o" Pavel Victor) and projects of low-carbon development of Latvia (Chairman of the Board of the Latvian Biogas Association, Member of the Board of the Latvian Federation of Renewable Energy Sources, Andis Karklins), the role of NGOs in promoting GBPP (head ULE "International Organization" Partnership Program "Green Bridge" Ludmila Shabanova). The program of the first day was completed by the training on the standards of "green" construction, which was conducted by representatives of LNEC (Portugal) Dana Galiyeva and Pedro H. Martins.

The program of the second day was opened with a welcoming speech by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France in Kazakhstan Francis Etienne. Participants discussed the development of ETS, the assessment of the carbon footprint, green climate financing and the development of scientific research in the field of low-carbon development, improving energy efficiency and modernization of the water sector, introducing innovations in the example of the city of Astana. Speakers were: director of Department on national emission system regulation JSC «ZhasylDamu» Botagoz Ahmetova, international expert on sustainable development (Poland) Justina Wysocka-Golec, technical adviser to the Secretariat of the Pilot Program on adaptation to climate change in Tajikistan, member of the Secretariat of the Green climate fund in Tajikistan Anvar Khomidov, head of the Kazakhstan USAID climate control program Alexei Sankovski, director of the research institute "Energy Saving and Energy Efficient Technologies”, doctor of technical sciences, professor Altai Alimgazin, head of JSC "Sublemerito", representative of LNEC in Kazakhstan (Portugal) Pedro H. Martins, Director of the Department of Introduction of Urban Technologies of JSC "Astana Innovations" Bakytzhan Ualikhan, Deputy Director for Business Development LLP JV “KAZMI” Schlumberger / KazMunaiGas Berik Zhankubayev. The discussion was concluded and summed up the results of the conference by Director of the Department of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan Rashiddin Kokenov.

As a result of the conference, recommendations were adopted for the further implementation of the GBPP and the Paris Climate Agreement at the global and national levels for inclusion in the Manifesto Forum.

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On June 19, 2017 in Astanathe scientific and educational center "Green Academy" together with the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the ISTC and theERG on the EXPO-2017 platform within the World Congress of Scientists and Engineers of WSOP-2017 held a session on the theme "Innovations, investments and technologies of low-carbon development: RES and the system of emissions trading".

The event was held to discussthe trends of low-carbon development at the global and national levels, including in the context of promoting the Green Bridge Partnership Program.

The moderators of the session were the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner in the area of climate, the Advisor to the Chairman of the High-level Panel of Leaders and Experts on Water and Natural Disasters under the UN Secretary General Dr.Ray Kwon Chung and the director of REC "Green Academy", member of the Council for the transition to a "green economy" under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Doctor of Economics, Professor B.K. Yessekina.

During the session the reports and presentations in this area were presented by: Head of the Chair of Environmental Economics of the Moscow State University, Doctor of Economics, Professor, Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (Russia) Sergey Bobylev, Senior Project ManagerInternational Science and Technology Center (Japan) Dr.Akira Nakanishi, Head of the department LNEC (Portugal) Jorge Grandão Lopes, Manager at DIW econ (Germany)Dr.Petra Opitz, Professor in Thermal Energy Engineering School of Energy and Environment Southeast University (China)Peihong Wang,Vice President of WFEO and Chair of the Committee on Energy (USA) Samuel W. Grossman, Director of Product Development, Minas Energy (Canada)Kris MacLellan, Dr.-Еngineer, EcoWatt LLP (Kazakhstan)Marat Kambarov and so on. The winners of the international competition of start-up projects "Energy of the Future" also invited as participants in discussion.

Within the framework of the section there will also be a presentation of the book "Strategy of the transition of the Republic of Kazakhstan to low-carbon development in the context of globalization: potential, priorities and mechanisms of implementation" was prepared by well-known Kazakhstan scientists.

Based on the results of the sestion, recommendations were adopted to develop strategic directions for the transition to low-carbon development at the global and national levels.

Venue: Astana, Congress Center, 2-nd floor, Small Hall No. 4-b.

Date and time: June 19, 2017, 14.30-18.00 h.

Аккредитация: till 18.00 h. on the 16 June t.y.

Contacts: tel. +7 (7172) 277293; 277294,

                         info@green-аcademy.kz

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          On April 7, 2017, in the Conference Hall of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in Almaty with in the framework of the preparation of the World Congress of Scientists and Engineers WSEC-2017 (the official event of EXPO-2017), a Round Table on “Innovative and Low-Carbon Technologies as priorities areas of the Green Bridge Partnership Program”, organized by the Scientific and Educational Center "Green Academy" in cooperation with the Institute of Economics of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, with the support of Samruk-Energo JSC and Eurasian Resources Group.

 

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On January 25, 2017 the National Round-table Discussion on Legal Implementation of the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in Kazakhstan was organized by Ministry of Energy with Green Academy and UNESE cooperation in the framework of the Joint EU/UNDP/ UNECE project "Supporting Kazakhstan's transition to a green economy model".Representatives of the government bodies, including Parliament, Administration of President, MFA, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Industry and Development, ecological expertise and environmental assessment experts, industrial associations, design and non-governmental organization discussed legal aspects of implementation of the SEA Protocol.

International experts of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) prepared a Legislative Review that analyses the current legal base of f the Republic of Kazakhstan from the point of view of the SEA Protocol. The draft Review looks at the existing state planning system, legal framework of the environmental assessment of the strategic developmental plans and programs, identify the needs for amending this framework to fit with the SEA Protocol provisions as well offers the recommendations on how to ensure a systemic and effective application of the SEA in Kazakhstan.

«Number of environmental problems occur due to the lack of attention at the strategical and programming level. There is a need to take a more effective, integrated approaches that address the challenges of sustainable development as a whole", - said Deputy Director of the Department of international cooperation and economic integration processes of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bekbergen Kerey in his welcoming remarks. "We acknowledge with interest the main findings and recommendations proposed in the draft Review of the legislation and understand that SEA procedure is not solemnly responsibility of the state environmental authorities, but also of the sectoral ministries and regional government bodies that are in charge of developing long-term plans and programs. In the future Kazakhstan may consider ratification of the SEA Protocol, but significant work on improving legislation and decision-making procedures must be done before this” – added Mr. Kerey.

Establishment of the SEA system in Kazakhstan is carried out in the framework Development of the draft Review is only the first step in the field of SEA that UNECE can assist Kazakhstan with.

"If sufficient political will is demonstrated, we are ready to assist in development of the amendments to the legal framework in Kazakhstan", - said Elena Santer, Environment Officer of the Secretariat of the UNECE Espoo Convention. "This would ensure that the SEA procedures are developed in full compliance with the provisions of the UNECE SEA Protocol and EU Directive on SEA. In addition, UNECE is considering the possibility of providing support for capacity building and trainings on methodology of the SEA for the representatives of responsible public authorities and other stakeholders”. Moderator of this event , Member of Green Council under President of Kazakhstan, “Green Academy” Director Dr.Bakhyt Yessekina underlined that Kazakhstan has a big institutional potential for joining to SEA protocol . As result of this Round Table recommendations to the Government of Kazakhstan was adopted.

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On 14 November 2016 a seminar «Creating a system of strategic environmental assessment in the Republic of Kazakhstan»" was held in Astana, organized by the "Green Academy" Scientific Research and Education Center in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy within the framework of implementation of the UNECE project "Support the establishment of the national SEA system in Kazakhstan (legislation review, recommendations and awareness-raising)."

The event was held in order to raise public awareness about the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), the UNECE Protocol on SEA, to discuss the potential benefits and advantages of its implementation in Kazakhstan and experience of implementation in the CIS countries.

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