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The agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on cooperation in the field of environmental protection

of December 22, 2004

The government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan which are hereinafter referred to as with the Parties

confirming commitment to the purposes and the principles of Articles of organization of the United Nations,

proceeding from the friendship existing between both states and for the purpose of further cooperation increase in the field of environmental protection,

understanding the responsibility to the present and future generations for prevention of ecological disasters, catastrophic crashes and degradation of the environment, and also for providing ecological safety in the adjacent territories,

considering requirements of the legislation of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan in the field of environmental protection,

agreed as follows:

Article 1

The parties perform cooperation in the field of environmental protection, rational use and reproduction of natural resources, being guided by the principles of sustainable development on the basis of equality and mutual advantage.

Article 2

For the purpose of implementation of this agreement of the Party appoint competent authorities:

from the Russian Side - the Ministry of natural resources of the Russian Federation;

from the Kazakhstan Side - the Ministry of environmental protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In case of change of names or functions of competent authorities of the Party timely inform each other through diplomatic channels.

Article 3

Types of cooperation are determined by the Parties jointly according to the legislation and ecological programs of the states of the Parties.

Article 4

The cooperation of the Parties is performed in the following main directions:

protection of atmospheric air against pollution;

research, rational use, protection and protection from pollution of water objects;

it is sewn up the environment from radiative effects;

preserving biological diversity, development and implementation of projects on studying and salvation of the rare and being under the threat of disappearance animal species and plants, their habitats;

protection of soils and rational use of land resources;

protection, protection and recovery of the woods and rational use of forest resources;

monitoring of the environment, including its organization in the border territories;

influence of environmental pollution on climate;

improvement of the environment in the cities and other settlements;

legal regulation and management in the field of environmental protection;

development of economic mechanisms of regulation of environmental management for the purpose of rational use and protection of natural resources;

ecological education and education;

methodical aspects in the problem resolution of environmental protection, including environmental assessment, ecological forecasting and designing;

development of standard rates and normative and methodical documentation in the field of environmental protection;

regulation of cross-border movement and placement in the border territories of dangerous wastes of production and consumption;

the organization and implementation of the state control in the field of rational use of natural resources and environmental protection;

creation and development of system of especially protected natural territories for ensuring safety of the unique and typical ecosystems which are of mutual interest and located on both sides of frontier of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan;

organization and conducting monitoring and forecasting of extreme situations with negative ecological consequences;

response to extreme situations of natural and technogenic nature with negative ecological consequences;

development of order of interaction in the conditions of extreme situations of natural and technogenic nature and the prevention of harmful effects on the environment;

enhancement of the nature protection legislation;

implementation of joint activities for standardization, metrology and certification in the field of environmental protection and use of natural resources;

information exchange in the field of environmental protection.

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