Kazakhstan : Environmental Performances Analysis (EPA)

(The News - n°15 - December 2007 - January 2008))

On behalf of the French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development, the International Office for Water drafted the water chapter of the Environmental Performances Analysis (EPA) of Kazakhstan.

An EPA is an external audit of the actions carried out by a country to reconcile its objectives of economic development with environmental protection and compliance with its international commitments in this field. This Analysis deals with the following issues: how the countries reduce pollution on their territory, how they manage their natural resources, integrate their environmental and socioeconomic objectives, adapt and implement their environmental policies and strategies and how they participate in international cooperation in this field.

This analysis for Kazakhstan is coordinated by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) for the non-member countries of OECD.

The main enquiry, carried out by a multidisciplinary and international team of 11 international experts, in which Pierre Henry de Villeneuve participated, took place from 10 to 19 September 2007 in Kazakhstan.

After significant drafting and editing, its report will be published at the beginning of 2008.