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Two IPEN Participating Organizations - Arnika (Czech Republic) and EcoMuseum (Kazakhstan), together with local NGO Eco Mangystau - released a new report about POPs and heavy metals in camel milk samples from the Mangystau Region, which is found by the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan. High levels of PCBs and zinc, and relatively increased levels of PAU, were found by analyses done in Czech laboratories.

Today, top-tens of the biggest polluters of Kazakhstan based on the official data were published. The charts reveal that the environment has been greatly contaminated by steelworks Kazakhmys and ArcelorMittal, oil companies KazMunaiGas and KazTransOil and power plant in Ekibastuz. Interactive map of facilities that exceed the safe threshold limits valid in the EU (1) is now available in clearly understandable form on-line at

A new report, Contaminated Sites and Their Management, by IPEN Participating Organization Arnika, has just been released. This report is one of the major results of their joint project with EcoMuseum and CINEST, Kazakhstani NGOs based in Karaganda.

National Public Awareness Activities in Kazakhstan

“Greenwomen” Analytical Environmental Agency conducted a comprehensive awareness raising project on mercury pollution in Kazakhstan. Certain areas of Kazakhstan, such as the River Nura, the city of Temirtau and the Pavlodar chemical complex are heavily impacted by mercury contamination. As part of this activity numerous methods were employed to spread the message about mercury pollution among stakeholders including the public, NGOs, media and government.

On 29 April, an international conference on chemical safety in Kazakhstan will take place in Astana. Organized by IPEN Regional Hub Arnika (Czech Republic), in cooperation with IPEN Participating Organization EcoMuseum Karaganda (Kazakhstan), as well as the European Union and Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, the conference will highlight the results of a 2-year monitoring project that studied environmental pollution in selected hotspots caused by persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals, and its impact on health of local communities.

Analysis of electrical and electronic equipment waste management system in the Republic of Kazakhstan

The Center "Cooperation for Sustainable Development" produced a novel and comprehensive report on electronic and electric equipment (EEE) waste disposal in Kazakhstan. In this project, organizers began their work via exhaustive data gathering of existing legislation that helped them pinpoint relevant stakeholders they should target.

Public Participation in the Civil Society Forum on Involving civil society and business community into “Green growth” policy promotion: Priorities, solutions, perspectives

In order to promote SAICM’s provisions of green growth and sustainable development, the Kazakh NGO Greenwomen (in colloboration with Eco-Accord) organized several sessions, made key presentations, and actively participated and led discussion group forums at the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific (MCED-6). Specifically, their presentations centered on describing their experiences on what actions NGOs should be practicing to address the SAICM provisions.

Public Participation (Civil society and public interest NGO participation)

In 2010 Greenwomen”staff attended the Sixth Asia and the Pacific Ministerial Conference held in Astana. The conference provided the Greenwomen team the opportunity to form regional and international partnerships with other NGOs that also work on chemical management issues. The Greenwomen report, "National NGOs Action Plan on SAICM Implementation”, was distributed widely at the conference. Among other functions, this report was designed as a practical framework for NGOs pushing for SAICM implementation.