Citizens and experts alike believe that the first thing city officials need to do is acknowledge the problem. For a long time, city officials did not acknowledge that air pollution in Almaty was a serious matter.
"THE AIR IN THE CITY IS OF COURSE POLLUTED. BUT I WOULD NOT CALL THE SITUATION TERRIBLE," said a representative of the local government in 2015.
After the launch of the Almaty Urban Air
application and the airkaz.org
website, officials stopped saying things like that, but no measures have been taken to improve air quality over the years.
According to the analytical portal Finprom.kz
, no money was allocated for environmental protection in Almaty in 2019-2020.
The capital today needs a high-quality, reliable, and affordable air quality monitoring system with an operational warning system.
There is a need for government programs to improve air quality with measurable indicators, timing, and funding.
The public is ready to help develop such programs.
In early 2020, a group of independent experts Clean Air
prepared and submitted their proposals to the Almaty local government.