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Caspian Nations Discuss Shared Concerns

The sea is plagued with huge challenges, namely pollution from oil extraction and refining, offshore oil fields, radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to huge volumes of untreated sewage and industrial waste
Caspian Nations Discuss Shared Concerns Caspian Nations Discuss Shared Concerns

Environment ministers and senior officials from Kazakhstan, Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Iran discussed concerns over threats to the Caspian Sea environment via a video conference on Tuesday.
The meeting was attended by Magzum Mirzagaliyev, head of Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Dmitry Kobylkin, Russia’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Mukhtar Babayev, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Bruno Pozzi, head of United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Europe Office, Myrat Atajanov, director of the Caspian Sea Institute in Turkmenistan and Isa Kalantari, head of Iran’s Department of Environment, IRNA reported.
Emphasizing the importance of the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea known as the Tehran Convention adopted in 2003, the participants reiterated that the sea is under enormous strain due to pollution from oil extraction and refining, offshore oil fields, radioactive waste from nuclear power plants and rising volumes of untreated sewage and industrial waste.

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