Project in the Syrdaria River Valley (Kazakhstan)
Biodiversity Preservation and Integrated River Basin Development in the Syrdaria River Valley)
The Project aims to conserve and restore the biodiversity of flood plain habitats (Tugai) along the middle course of the Syrdaria River and of the adjacent steppes and forests of the Karatau Mountains
Overall Goal: Provide a model for sustainable development in the middle stretches of the Syrdaria Valley by integrating nature conservation with sustainable use of natural resources for the benefits of nature and the local population.
There were four main modules (specific objectives) of the project:
- Establish of a system of protected areas with core zones, corridors and buffer zones, where conservation of nature and sustainable use of natural resources are integrated with each other.
- Promote sustainable use of water, wise management and use of rangelands and conservation and restoration of forests in the Syrdaria flood plain and in the Karatau Mountains.
- Conservation and restoration of Bukhara deer and Karatau argali.
- Strengthening the civil society through supporting NGOs, training, education and awareness raising.
From the very beginning, information about the project was briefly described in a leaflet Riparian forests of
In order to facilitate
The project was operating in a stable political environment. The countries economy is well developed and the government is committed to the «Green Development Program», this implies increased attention to and funding for nature conservation and sustainable
The choice of project area had beed very lucky — there had been no PAs in the riparian forests of Kazakhstan, while the moden vision of the government is to protect practically all important riparian forests (because of their water saving role, in vision of climate change and aridisation and thanks to abundunce of fertile agricultural lands in steppes of Kazakhstan which allows to limit agrricaltural use of river valleys — an important difference from othe countries of the Central Asian Region).Quick economical development of the country and of the project region in particular made capacity building component so impotant, involvement of local communities- very efficient. High level of local scientific expertise (e.g. Turkestanskii University) was also an important encouredgement.