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Премия рунета 2017

A methodology for assessing the nature conservation effectiveness of PAs has been approved in Kyrgyzstan

28 may 2018

On May the 22nd, on the International Environmental Day for Biological Diversity, the "Adapted Methodology for Assessing the Environmental Effectiveness of Specially Protected Natural Areas (PAs) of the Kyrgyz Republic", which has been developed by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), has been approved by the decree of the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (SAEPF). The methodology allows for systematic monitoring of PA activities and facilitates the integration of these results into the state environmental policy. The next stage of the work will be the assessment of all existing PAs of the Kyrgyz Republic.

This methodology, unlike others, assesses not only the management of PAs as an organization, but primarily its environmental results, which are not only related to management and financing, but more to natural and anthropogenic factors. It allows: to assess environmental value, compare and analyze the results of existing protected areas, forecast the prospects of new established PAs, and identify factors of incompleteness of their environmental performance.

Mamatairov Bekbolot Keneschovich, head of the Department of PAs of SAEPF of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, noted the timeliness, relevance and necessity of this methodology for assessing and monitoring activities of PAs ahead of the adoption and implementation of the Sustainable Development Strategy of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2018-2040, which notes the importance and value of natural resources and the biosphere of Kyrgyzstan. According to this document, environmental friendliness should become the main criteria of all policies and measures taken for the development of the country; and PAs should become the ecological framework of the country and the Central Asian region as a whole.

The methodology for assessing the environmental effectiveness of PAs and their regional systems was developed in 2012 by WWF Russia expert Mikhail Stishov. In 2014, it was presented in Kyrgyzstan and, after discussion with representatives of all protected areas, the national Kyrgyz experts of WWF Russia Azat Alamanov and Farida Balbakova has been adapted it for the Kyrgyz Republic.

WWF's work in Kyrgyzstan supports the national biodiversity conservation strategy aimed at preserving and restoring the numbers and areas of key species of rare animals, including snow leopards, reducing commercial hunting, preserving forests and natural ecosystems.

For additional information, please contact the national coordinator of the WWF project in the Kyrgyz Republic Farida Balbakova, f_balbakova@mail.ru.

For additional information please contact
Central Asia Programme Advisor