UN welcomes commitments to protect Caspian Sea

Friday, December 14, 2012
The Caspian Sea on an Antique map
[Image Credit: Andy Sotiriou/getty images]
Baku,Azerbaijan: Terming it as "an important step" the United Nations has welcomed the renewed commitment of the five states bordering the Caspian Sea to protect its marine environment.

The UN Environmental Program (UNEP) said that Azerbaijan, Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan had reached a crucial milestone by adopting and signing one more protocol to the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea, also known as the Tehran Convention.

The new protocol, UNEP explained, addresses one of the major ecological threats to the Caspian: pollution derived from land-based sources, such as agriculture and industry.

Ministers from the five Caspian littoral states agree the additional protocol at talks in Moscow earlier this week.
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