The Plan of Joint Actions of Russia and Kazakhstan for 2021–2026 to Protect the Caspian Seal Population as Part of the Implementation Agreement Between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Cooperation in the Field of Environmental Protection was signed. The importance of protecting this animal was noted by President Vladimir Putin and President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev.
On September 30, 2021, the heads of the two states took part in the plenary session at XVII Forum of Interregional Cooperation between Russia and Kazakhstan, which was held online. In his speech, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev noted that the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation had similar environmental problems. Seven agreements in the field of ecology, biodiversity conservation, and joint use of transboundary water bodies had been already signed. The agreements were being systematically implemented. However, the environmental situation continued to deteriorate, and the solution to this problem required the intensification of joint efforts at the international level.
‘Kazakhstan and Russia have a rich and unique flora and fauna. At the same time, the Caspian seal inscribed into Red Books of both countries is decreasing in numbers, and urgent measures are needed to preserve these unique animals, protect its habitat, including reproduction sites. Therefore, it is proposed to consider the possibility of creating state reserves in the Northern Caspian,’ Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev addressed President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the forum participants.
Vladimir Putin also noted that the preservation of rare animals, in particular the Caspian seal, was an urgent issue of the common environmental agenda for Russia and Kazakhstan.
According to the Presidential Press and Information Office’s Department of Accreditation, a package of documents was signed on the sidelines of the forum, including the Plan of Joint Actions of Russia and Kazakhstan to Conserve the Caspian Seal Population for 2021–2026 as Part of the Implementation of 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 (to download the Plan of Joint Actions).
‘The Plan of Joint Actions for conservation of the Caspian seal will help to identify the causes of its catastrophic status and prevent this species extinction,’ Alexander Kozlov, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, commented on the document.