Kazakhstan has ratified an intergovernmental agreement on the preservation and rational use of bioresources of the Caspian Sea. The relevant law was signed by Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Friday, the presidential press service said.
The agreement was signed by the governments of Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkmenistan at the fourth summit of the heads of state of the Caspian littoral states in Russia’s Astrakhan on September 29, 2014. Under the document, the states are to set up a joint commission to preserve aquatic bio resource of the Caspian Sea, in particular sturgeons, and to ensure their rational use.
“This agreement is a mechanism the Caspian littoral states will use to take coordinated measures to preserve aquatic resource. The priority is given to the preservation of aquatic biorsources of the Caspian Sea over any commercial interests,” Kazakhstan’s Minister of Agriculture Asylzhan Mamytbekov said. “The agreement will help pool efforts and expand cooperation between the Caspian littoral states in the area of preserving Caspian resource.”