At a meeting in Moscow, March 10-12, quotas were determined for 2004 sturgeon catches.
Community organizations from around the Caspian region are urging their governments and Parliaments to take immediate measures to prevent oil pollution in the Caspian Sea, particularly from sunken wells;
A collection of articles from the western press on attempts to resolve environmental problems, resulting from the introduction of mnemiopsis into the Caspian Sea;
REC offices from around the Caspian will be accepting applications until May 28, 2004, for a small grants program (up to 25,000 Euros) as part of the European Union program, "Sustainable Development of Transcaspian Communities.";
Crude Accountability is conducting a survey among the Transcaspian countries regarding improving public participation and implementation mechanisms for the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea;
The next issue of the Caucasus Nature Journal is dedicated to wetlands and the sea;
Each year catches of fish in the Volga River decrease.
Crude Accountability has sent a letter of inquiry to the IMO, requesting an explanation as towhy this specialized agency of the United Nations refused the opportunity to enter into an open dialogue with the public;
Results of analysis conducted on bird carcasses from the Kazakhstani sector of the Caspian will explain the massive bird die-off in that region;
Agip KCO has been fined 15 million tenge for environmental pollution exceeding permissible concentrations of chloride and sulfates
Bird Deaths in the Caspian. A selection of materials about this incident;
Authorized representatives of all five Transcaspian countries signed the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea. The Convention text is archived in Caspinfo's library;
The EBRD's Board of Directors has approved financing of $125 million for the BTC pipeline, and up to $30 million for the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) Phase 1 oil field development;
The village of Berezovka, located near the Karachaganak oil field in western Kazakhstan, continues its fight for the right to live and breathe in a clean environment;
On August 30, 2003 there was an environmental catastrophe in Samara Oblast. As a result of a fire aboard the tanker, Victoria, 70 tons of oil were spilled into the Volga River and 1000 tons were burned;