WWF and the Government of Turkmenistan has signed an Agreement on Cooperation in Environment Conservation
WWF-Russia has been working in the Central Asian ecoregion for many years, many projects have been successfully implemented over the years, including a program of compensation to local residents for the damage from a leopard in Kopetdag, which has allowed to significantly increase the number of leopards and wild ungulates in 10 years, projects on the tugai deer, kulan, reintroduction of gazelles, designing an ecological network (Econet) and many others. Thanks to the signing of the Agreement on Cooperation, WWF’s work in Turkmenistan will receive a new impetus.
In the draft of the Agreement, the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of Turkmenistan undertakes obligations to involve all interested parties in resolving environmental issues in the country. In addition, measures will be taken to restore disturbed and destroyed ecosystems and natural complexes, as well as support will be provided for the development of a network of specially protected natural territories.
In turn, “WWF-Russia is committed to contributing to the conservation and restoration of landscape and species biodiversity of Turkmenistan, as well as taking part in the work of commissions, expert, advisory and other bodies created in the country and attracting financial and organizational resources,” said Grigory Mazmaniants, Director of WWF-Russia Central-Asia Program.
By the end of the year, experts from both sides will have to develop a plan for the implementation of possible projects and activities. It is assumed that the Agreement will be signed for 5 years with further automatic extension.