Ili river received international protection status.

Just recently, an important event for the environment in Kazakhstan: the delta of the Ili River and the southern part of Lake Balkhash in Kazakhstan have been recognized wetland of international importance. 

World Day of wetlands, designed to draw the attention of the public and governments around the world on the value of wetlands to maintain the sustainable development of our planet, celebrated on February 2. It was on this day in 1971 in Ramsar (Iran), was signed the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance as Waterfowl Habitat, known as Ramsar’s. Day it was signed in 1997 was declared World Day of wetlands. 

Delta of Ili river - the largest natural inland delta in Central Asia - is home to a rich desert flora (427 species) and fauna (345 species), as well as those listed in the Red Data Book species such as red-breasted goose, white-headed duck (family Anatidae) and Dalmatian Pelican.

The new wetlands of international importance are located in three nature reserves - Balkhash, Karoysk and Kukansk. The government of Kazakhstan plans to significantly increase the conservation status of the territory, is based on the three refuges single national park. 

Documents for entering the delta of the Ili River and the southern part of Lake Balkhash were prepared in the framework of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and formally submitted to the secretariat of the Ramsar Convention, the Government of Kazakhstan.