STAFF READY FOR SERVICE
Created in June 2018, Ili-Balkhash State Nature Reserve is one of the territories where the ambitious WWF project for the reintroduction of the Caspian tiger in Kazakhstan is being carried out. Training staff able to efficiently perform environmental protection activities is essential to successful implementation of such projects. This was the aim of the seminar that took place in late April in Bakanas village in Balkhash District, Almaty Region, the Republic of Kazakhstan.
During the training, a special emphasis was placed on observing human rights, with the inspectors of the Ili-Balkhash nature reserve security department working through the legal basis for the use of force and non-lethal weapons, and reviewing the rights of detainees together with their trainers.
As part of the seminar, the nature reserve security staff studied the organization of security service in Russia's specially protected natural areas, including establishing hideouts, specifics of task force operations and fine points of paperwork in case any wrongdoing is detected. Over the course of the training the staff solidified their knowledge of how to deal with various groups of trespassers and draw up protocols, as well as examined the rules of transporting, carrying and using weapons in detail.
The program treated forest fires as a separate issue, discussing the division of forests into zones, forest classification, types of fires and firefighting methods, as well as fire prevention measures. It is worth mentioning that besides lectures and presentations the information was also delivered through new methods such as trainings, brainstorming, working in small groups, and presenting the covered material in front of the audience.
"The knowledge gained through training will help the Ili-Balkhash nature reserve staff best perform their duties in preventing infringement of environmental laws within the nature reserve itself as well as in Karoysky and Pribalkhashsky reserves," believes Grigory Mazmanyants, Director of the Central Asian Program at WWF-Russia. "Improving the security level of specially protected natural areas will in its turn contribute to preserving the unique ecosystems to the south of Lake Balkhash, and therefore successfully implement the project for the reintroduction of the Caspian tiger into the wildlife of Kazakhstan."