New home for Bukhara deer and Argali sheep
The Syrdarya-Turkestan nature park consists of three areas: former lands of Turkestan, Aryssky and Boralday forestries. The park includes two big stands of riparian forests with bordering territories – Syrdaryan (47265,4 ha), Turkestan (36458 ha), and Boralday (36255 ha).
The territories were set aside for the reserve by the Resolution of South-Kazakhstan government from September 5th 2012 in agreement with the Committee for forestry and hunting. There are protected areas, areas of ecological stabilization, touristic and recreational areas and areas of limited nature use in the new park.
Any influence on natural ecosystems is forbidden in the protected area. “The new park will help restore the Bukhara deer. Its wild population was reintroduced in the region with the support of WWF”, says Olga Pereladova, the director of WWF Central Asian program. “Kara Tau argali population, devastated by poachers, will also be now under the protection of the park”.
The park will also help restore the riparian and mountain forests.
The Syrdarya-Tirkestan region attracts tourists both with nature and historic sights. Turkestan is home to the Mausoleum of Khawaja Ahmed Yasawi, which was designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Site and is visited by thousands of pilgrims.
“With support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, WWF developed feasibility studies for creation of three more protected nature areas in Kazakhstan’s part of the basin of the Aral Sea and Syrdaria River“, says Tatyana Bragina, WWF chief project coordinator in Kazakhstan.