Kazakhstan Creates Caspian Sea Research Institute

The Kazakhstan government has approved the establishment of the Caspian Sea Research Institute, its Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation said on January 26th. 

The new institute will study the environmental problems of the Caspian Sea, the problem of its decreasing water levels, the causes of mass deaths of seals and fish, and issues of preserving the population of the Caspian seal. The institute will closely interact with similar institutes in other Caspian states.

The institute will provide objective and independent information about the ecosystem of the Caspian Sea, the ministry said, adding that its research data will serve as the basis for decision-making by state and local executive bodies concerning Caspian issues.