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A Toxics-Free Future


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. A comprehensive array of materials were produced and distributed via face to face meetings, social media, broadcast media and other means. These included information fact sheets, media releases, press kits, education modules and a report on the status of mercury pollution in Kazakhstan. This Greenwomen project successfully raised awareness of the mercury pollution issues among stakeholders and directly engaged government on the urgent need to ratify and implement the Mercury Treaty. This project has relevance to relevance to Articles 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 16, 17, and 18 of the Mercury Treaty.

Pavlodar Petrochemical cluster (Photo by Tengrinews)