The Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan adopted the Law on ratification of Protocol on regional readiness, response and cooperation in case of oil pollution incidents to the Framework Convention on protection of the Caspian Sea environment.
The Framework Convention on protection of the Caspian Sea environment, designated as the Teheran convention, was ratified in 2005. Under the terms of the Convention it is assumed to achieve its goals by means of elaboration of a number of intergovernmental protocols specifying corollary measures on protection of the Caspian Sea environment, Kazakh Minister of Energy Vladimir Shkolnik said, presenting the draft law.
According to the Minister, the Protocol (Aktau protocol) to the Teheran convention was signed by the authorized representatives of Caspian countries – Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia at the third session of the Conference of Aktau convention on August 12, 2011.The sides of the Protocol will exchange the information about massive incidents that cause oil pollution and about new effective measures of oil pollution control. The Protocol stipulates joint reaction of Caspian bordering countries to the oil spills on the Caspian Sea that exceed the volume of 250 tons. Provision is made for elaboration of national plans and reaction to oil spills on the sea. Such a plan was elaborated and approved in Kazakhstan in 2015. The Regional plan should be elaborated at the regional level. This plan was developed by experts of Caspian bordering countries with the support of the International Maritime Organization and would be approved at the next conference of sides of the Teheran Convention.