On October 20, 2021, the Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Serikkali Brekeshev, invited Niiles Airola, CEO of KaukoInternational, to discuss cooperation in projects enhancing the Kazakhstan green technology development.
During the meeting, the parties discussed about the implementation of the Memorandum signed on May 13, 2021, between the MEGPR of the Republic of Kazakhstan, KaukoInternational and the Kazakh-Finnish Technology Transfer Center. The memorandum of Cooperation in the field of ecology, forestry, waste and water resources management and fisheries includes cooperation in implementation of investments, transfer of technologies, consulting and experience exchange as well as providing institutional and technical support. Read more about the memorandum here.
Finnish companies’ strong experience in carrying out deforestation activities for preserving forest resources is highly valued in Kazakhstan.
Minister Brekeshev invited KaukoInternational to implement forest plantation projects and to create forest nurseries, which will create highly productive plantations for obtaining raw timber materials.
“In order to implement the initiative of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan of planting 2 billion trees on the lands of the state forest fund and 15 million trees on the territory of settlements, we have developed plans for forest reproduction and afforestation, and regional plans for greening of settlements during 2021 -2025. To achieve the above indicators for the development of the forest industry, we invite KaukoInternational to implement projects for plantation forestry.” says the minister, Brekeshev.
The minister also proposed cooperation in the field of solid waste processing and in the implementation of projects to ensure supply of drinking water.
First step of the cooperation is to set up expert meetings via videoconference for a detailed discussion and agreement of the next steps.
“We are ready and well prepared to take on forestry projects in Kazakhstan to enhance the green technology development. Our team is equipped with finding the right technology providers for the need, and their professional understanding on the needed issues guarantees smooth planning and execution.” says Niiles Airola.
The meeting ended with the parties agreeing to prepare and sign a Roadmap for the cooperation in the field of forestry and waste management. This is planned in the frame of reference of the next meeting with the Kazakh-Finnish Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation, which is planned to be held in Helsinki in December this year.