NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has instructed to plant over two billion trees in forests and 15 million trees in settlements within five years.

Addressing the Kazakh people on September Tokayev said the parliament is working on a new Environmental Code, which is aimed at solving a number of systemic problems. “I ask the parliament to consider and adopt this important document by the end of the year. I instruct the government to start implementing practical measures to improve the ecological situation. We should approve a long-term plan for the conservation and rational use of biological diversity. More than 2 billion trees in the forest fund and 15 million in the population items will be planted within five years. This action will lead to large-scale greening of our country,” the president told.

Tokayev stressed that the issue of building up the “green belt” around Nur- Sultan is still acute.

In addition, the head of state instructed to legislatively protect national parks and other natural resources of Kazakhstan, to toughen criminal and administrative prosecution of citizens who commit offenses in this area. “We need to pay due attention to the environmental education of the younger generation in schools and universities. Environmental actions of ‘Birge Taza Kazakhstan’ designed to strengthen environmental values ​​in society should be carried out on a systematic basis. An important task is the active development of the culture of ecological tourism within the country,” the head of state said.

Tokayev also paid attention to the issue of the growth of the “green” economy. He instructed the Cabinet of Ministers, together with the civil sector, to develop a bill on the protection of animals. He stressed that the attitude to animals is a measure of the civilisation of any state, while Kazakhstan has room to grow in this matter.

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