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PETITION to the President

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Civil hearings resolution

Date: 9 September 2013

Topic: The «Kok-Jailau» ski resort construction.

We, the participants of the civil hearings on construction of “Kok-Jailau” ski resort in Ile-Alatau State National Natural Park (SNNP) upon hearing and discussion of the participants speeches, accepted the following resolution:

— Considering the fact that Ile-Alatau SNNP has been included into the tentative list for the UNESCO World Heritage nomination as an area with unique biodiversity and landscapes;

— Considering that Ile-Alatau SNNP is the one of the largest protected areas in the Republic of Kazakhstan where rare plants (Sivers apple, Iris albelti, Tulipa ostrowskiana and others) grow and rare animals and birds (Snow leopard, argali, Turkestan lunx, Tien Shan brown bear, golden eagle, black vulture, etc.) live. These animals and plants are placed in the endangered species list of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as the critically endangered World Conservation Union (IUCN) list;

— Considering that Ile-Alatau SNNP is the site providing water and other important ecological services to the city of Almaty and Almaty region. The site creates a life-supporting microclimate and contributes other environmental benefits to more than 2 million people living in that area;

— Considering that Kok-Jailau valley located in the Ile-Alatau SNNP is a favorite destination of thousands Almaty citizens and visitors;

— Considering that the long-term development of the Small Almaty Gorge has already led to a significant deterioration of the environment, destruction of natural systems and to a substantial restriction of citizens’ access to natural resources;

— Realising that the level of tourist attractiveness of many valleys in Ile-Alatau SNNP is low because of unsystematic, chaotic and often illegal economic activity in the National Park;

— Recalling recent disastrous events such as windfall, fires, landslides and mudslides that happened as a result of excessive human impact;

— And considering that huge public recourses spend on unsystematic, chaotic and often illegal economic activity in the National Park, could be used for social needs instead:

We believe that:

— «Kok-Jailau» ski resort construction contradicts: A) Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan B)National environmental legislation (Land, Water, Forest and Environmental Codes; Law on Specially Protected Natural Territories, etc.) C) International conventions ratified by the Republic of Kazakhstan (Aarhus Convention on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters; Biological Diversity; on Environmental Impact assessment in a Transboundary context; on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, etc.) D) Zhasyl Damu government program E) Address by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Leader of the Nation, N.Nazarbayev and its principles of green economy.

— The construction will lead to further destruction of natural ecosystems, depletion of natural resources, reduction of endangered species and environmental degradation in Almaty, and to water supply problems. — The tourism potential of the region will be undermined because of economically unjustified project.

— The result of the construction will be: further public & tourist access restriction to natural sites, water tariffs’ increase, increased amount of waste, poor traffic conditions, public health decline due to the deterioration of air quality, soil and water sources.

We call upon:

1. All patriots of Kazakhstan to cast vote in favor of Kok-Jailau valley and Ile- Alatau SNNP, the unique beautiful natural site that existed for thousands of years in its natural splendor. The Ile-Alatau SNNP located in the immediate vicinity of the city of Almaty is the pride not only of people leaving in Kazakhstan, but also all the people realising that the Nature in its purest form it the universal property.

2. The Almaty Akimat (Mayor’s Office) and other governmental authorities to abandon the idea of “Kok-Jailau” ski resort in the most spectacular part of Ile-Alatau SNNP and other parts of the national park, as these plans come into conflict with the internal laws and the international conventions signed by the Republic of Kazakhstan. Instead of this to focus efforts and resources on the development of eco-tourism in the region.

3. The Ministry of Environmental Protection and other competent authorities to act immediately to include the Ile-Alatau SNNP into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List.

4. The government to force the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Committee for Forestry and Hunting and Ile-Alatau National Park administration to strictly perform duties such as protection of areas of nature conservation and to follow through on President of Republic of Kazakhstan instructions to demolisj all the objects illegally built on the territory of the National Park.

5. Governmental authorities to continue the dialogue with the public on the issue of alternative sites for the ski resort construction outside of nature reserves and national parks.

6. Governmental authorities to strictly abide to international obligations signed by the Republic of Kazakhstan. In accordance with Aarhus Convention to enable full public access to environmental information and public participation in decision-making on issues related to the environment, in particular on protected areas.

7. Government to spend the money allocated for the sky resort to support Ile-Alatau SNNP and to address urgent social problems of the city of Almaty.

8. The Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan to hold parliamentary hearings on issue of protected areas. Besides, to amend the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan to conserve nature reserves and parks, and to prevent any activities leading to nature degradation.

9. President of the Republic to step in to stop activities in the Ile-Alatau SNNP that are leading to the destruction of natural ecosystems. And to ensure preserving this unique natural site for the present and future generations.

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