The endangered Caspian Sea may just
get a new lease of life: 5
countries ringing the sea -
Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and
Iran - have jointly decided
to draw up an environmental
action plan to protect the
waterbody from pollution,
oil projects and illegal
The major threat to the Caspian Sea is the flow of industrial waste from large rivers like the Volga and the Ural. Other worries for the Caspian countries are the possible effects of numerous offshore projects to exploit the sea's oil reserves. Besides, illegal fishing has played havoc with the sturgeon, which pro- duces the caviar the area is famous for.
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