Number of specially protected natural areas to increase in Kazakhstan
Preservation of the uniqueness of the specially protected natural areas in Kazakhstan – a bill aimed at legal regulation of this issue was developed in the Mazhilis, the Lower House of the Kazakh Parliament. At today’s meeting the Members of the Mazhilis approved the Document in the first reading. The main purpose of the draft law is to return the lands previously withdrawn for the construction and operation of tourism facilities and structures of particular strategic importance, but not used for their intended purpose, to the lands of specially protected nature territories.
“Such cases exist in practice, for example, in the lands of the Burabai National Nature Park located in Akmola region and Ile-Alatau State National Natural Park in Almaty region. Due to the fact that these lands are not developed and are not a part of the specially protected natural areas, they are not properly protected. As a result, the lands are losing their uniqueness and value. In addition, the flora and fauna in these areas may be in danger. The Members of the Mazhilis proposed to expand the list of services provided by the environmental organizations in order to develop ecotourism,” said Berik Ospanov, Member of the Mazhilis, the Lower House of Kazakh Parliament.
Mazhilis Chairperson Nurlan Nigmatulin said that the new bill will become an impetus for the return to the state ownership of the unused lands.
“Today we adopted a very important bill. It was developed by our colleagues, the Members of the Mazhilis. Deficiencies in the legal regulation of the system of specially protected nature areas were eliminated. As a result, the process of returning the lands, including those that are not used for their intended purpose, to the list of specially protected natural territories will be simplified. It is known that the leadership of the country has repeatedly raised the issue of returning the unused land to the state ownership. The provisions of this bill will help solve this important issue in an accelerated manner,” Nigmatulin said.
Mazhilis Chairperson Nurlan Nigmatulin also emphasized that the changes and amendments of the bill will ensure the integrity of specially protected nature areas and thereby will allow preserving those natural complexes and sites that are of a particular importance to the country in environmental, scientific and cultural terms.