Introductory course on "Environmental problems in Kazakhstan"

Students from the University of Tsukuba attended Russian language training at Kazakh National University in February - March 2017. As part of that training, lectures on Kazakh culture, language, and environmental problems were held.

On February 24, 2017, Associate Professor Akhapov Yerlan gave a lecture on "Kazakhstan's Environmental Problems: Focus on the Carratellen Village in the Aral Sea". He discussed the environmental problems in the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site and the shrinking Aral Sea area, and what are being done in the area to mitigate the problems.

After the lecture, students became aware of the status of the environment in Kazakhstan, in particular, the problems concerning the Aral Sea, countermeasures such as dam construction and afforestation activities, among others. Although environmental awareness is becoming stronger in Japan, such as advances in fuel cell vehicles, it would like to see technical cooperation with Kazakhstan going forward together.