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[Petition to ban the construction of the mountain ski resort in Kok-Jailau] [Kazakhstan]

...The topic of construction of the new ski resort in Kok-Jailau valley was first raised in 2007...The project includes construction of an international resort with...ski tracks...construction of ski tows, hotels, restaurants, retail and entertainment centers, and golf fields; development of infrastructure – auto road, auto parking, electrical, natural gas, and water supply facilities...Construction of the new resort inside the national park does not only contradict the national legislation...but also international legislation...Any mountain ski resort brings a significant negative impact on ecosystems – soil and vegetation, topography, water sources, and atmosphere. And the new resort is not going to be an exception...The resort water supply and golf fields irrigation systems will require hundreds of thousands cubic meters of water per year...[I]t should be remembered that the city [Almaty] is under a shortage of water for a long time already, and many water intakes for the city are located in...the park...We demand to ban the construction of the mountain ski resort in Kok-Jailau on the territory of Ile-Alatau National Park. [The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Ecosign Mountain Resort Planners Ltd., Arup, CaspiEcology Environmental Services, Engineerisk, KPMG and ТОО «Горнолыжный курорт «Көкжайлау» to respond. ТОО «Горнолыжный курорт «Кoкжайлау» did not respond. Other companies’ responses are below.]

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