Kazakhstan: NGO issues rejoinder to companies’ responses to health & environmental concerns about Kok-Jailau ski resort construction

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20 February 2013

Response by Arup: NGO issues rejoinder to companies’ responses to health & environmental concerns about Kok-Jailau ski resort construction.

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20 February 2013

Response by CaspiEcology Environmental Services: NGO issues rejoinder to companies’ responses to health & environmental concerns about Kok-Jailau ski resort construction.

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19 February 2013

[Ecosign response to Green Salvation rejoinder

Author: Ecosign Mountain Resort Planners Ltd

...It is disconcerting to learn that Green Salvation’s petition was drafted a year ago and pre-dates the Design Team’s involvement in the Kok Zhailau project. Please note that we are not responsible for statements that pre-date our involvement in the project or that have been made by representatives of the Almaty Akimat or other 3rd parties. The Design Team was awarded the contract to develop a feasibility study of the local budget of the investment project “Ski Resort Kok Zhailau” in July 2012 via international public procurement procedure and our participation in the project is in accordance to all local and international laws...The presence of ski resorts within or immediately adjacent to National Parks is common place worldwide...The Design Team believes that the responsible development of tourism infrastructure at Kok Zhailau will greatly increase foreign tourism to the region...Please refer to CaspiEcology’s studied response to the additional environmental, social, and health concerns posed by Green Salvation.

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18 February 2013

Response by Engineerisk: NGO issues rejoinder to companies’ responses to health & environmental concerns about Kok-Jailau ski resort construction.

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18 February 2013

[PDF] Reply to Green Salvation letter of February 11, 2013 to Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and subsequently forwarded to the Kok Zhaylau Design Team referenced in that letter

Author: Dr. George Zelt, CaspiEcology Environmental Services, LLC

...On behalf of members of the Design Team we are happy to reply to your comments and thank you for your interest...The area planned for construction of the bases is not involved in the mountain-city air exchange...[T]he polluted Almaty air -that demonstrated in your attention gathering photographs- is primarily from the vehicle exhaust and coal fired plants...Trees are not cut in one large area but in short corridors therefore we do not expect any disenable changes in microclimate to slow air regeneration and air exchange with the city. The cleared slopes are expected to slightly increase this exchange due to increase in air convection. We certainly consider this a very important issue...[A]t the detailed design stage three to four metrological stations will be installed along the access road, the built in area and the ski lifts to validate the information derived from the previous studies...These data will be presented in the EIA...Snow making water will be taken at a very low rate through the whole warm season. The intention is to leave in the streams as much water as required to preserve the streams ecology...The potable water obstruction at the Kazashka river mouth will constrain 1 100м3/day which is ~ 15.5 times less than the minimal river discharge (17 000м3/day see Fig.3) at this place. Sewage will be treated to potable water quality and discharged back in the river 6.2 kilometers upstream. It will be recycled within the resort...[A]ll water used by the resort is returned to nature practically at the place of consumption with a delay that does not pose a concern at this stage of design.

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11 February 2013

Response by KPMG: NGO issues rejoinder to companies’ responses to health & environmental concerns about Kok-Jailau ski resort construction.

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11 February 2013

[DOC] [Green Salvation rejoinder regarding Kok-Jailau resort concerns]

Author: Sergey Kuratov, Green Salvation

We appreciate the responses received from the Design Team sub consultants of Kok-Zhailyau project – Ecosign Mountain Resort Planners Ltd, KPMG, Horwath HTL, CaspiEcology, Engineerisk, ARUP, and GeoData Plus (Design Team). However, it is rather disappointing that the Design Team preferred to point few minor technical details out of the Petition but not to respond to the major environmental, social, health and legal concerns related to Kok-Zhailyau ski resort construction…The IASNNP [Ile-Alatau State National Natural Park] and Kok-Zhailyau valley…provide Almaty with…fresh air and potable water…[T]he Kok-Zhailyau project suggests to cut down a 27.42 ha of trees at the National Park for construction…Almaty is considered as one of the most polluted cities in the world…As a result, the illnesses among local citizens and children are of a high rate including cancer, allergy, asthma, immunodeficiency…[N]o substantial researches were conducted to assess the adverse impact on citizen’s health or this information is being hidden from the public. The Feasibility Study of Kok-Zhailayu project...provides no screening, review and identification of impacts and risks that the project will pose to the local population’s well-being…Almaty lacks potable water…[T]he ski resort is going to deprive the local citizens from water resources…[includes photographs sent to us by Green Salvation] [The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the following companies to respond: CaspiEcology Environmental Services (which responded on behalf of Ecosign Mountain Resort Planners Ltd., Arup, Engineerisk, and KPMG) - Ecosign Mountain Resort Planners Ltd. also provided a separate response; and ТОО «Горнолыжный курорт «Көкжайлау», which did not respond.]

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