為加強保護對候鳥具有重大意義的大湖生態體系，哈薩克加入國際溼地保護公約——《拉姆薩公約》（the Ramsar Convention）。哈薩克首個列入拉姆薩公約的地點位於北部阿克模拉歐布拉斯特（Akmola Oblast）的坦吉茲湖（Tengiz）與科加勁湖（Korgalzhyn），屬於混合淡水與鹹水的淺水湖生態體系。此湖區坐落在一片大草原上，草原之大，如海般遼闊，覆蓋了大地，綿延至地平線的盡頭。
Kazakhstan has strengthened protection for a large lake system important to migrating waterbirds by acceding to the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty for the protection of wetlands. Kazakhstan's first Ramsar site, the Tengiz and Korgalzhyn Lakes in Akmola Oblast, is a shallow lake system with a mix of fresh, salty and brackish water bodies characteristic of northern Kazakhstan. The lakes are situated in a flat steppe landscape and grass oceans covering the land to the horizon.
"Korgalzhyn and Tengiz Lakes are particularly important areas for migratory birds," said Valery Khrokov, president of Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan, ACBK, has been working towards Kazakhstan’s accession to the Convention. "Accession to the Ramsar Convention will help us ensure that our efforts to conserve them fit into a global strategy for conserving wetland birds," said Khrokov.
The instrument of accession signed by Kazakhstan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Kassymzhomart Tokaev was received by the UNESCO Director-General on January 2, 2007. The Convention will enter into force for Kazakhstan on May 2, when the country will become the 154th Party to the treaty.