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Visiting Key Biodiversity Areas (CBD) in Tajikistan

02 august 2021
Biodiversity conservation work, funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in the Mountains of Central Asia Hotspot continues, with coordination from WWF Russia.

WWF country coordinator in Tajikistan visited the tugai forests of the Konibodom district (Jazira massif), where the Tajik NGO “Youth Group for Environmental Protection” is working on the project “Promoting biodiversity conservation in the upper reaches of the Kairakkum reservoir by creating conditions for the fauna population”. There was also a meeting with local residents and representatives of the "Society of Hunters and Fishermen" of the Konibodom District, who is the main partner in the implementation of the project. After the meeting, a tour for the monitoring team to the field site was organized and future plans were discussed.

"A key factor for the biodiversity project in Tajikistan is conducting information work with local residents the main emphasis is on discussions and educational to conserve and protect the tugai forests, protect their inhabitants, observe fire safety, as well as restoration and greening. – Khisrav Shermatov, WWF’s coordinator of program in Tajikistan, says - I would like to note that local residents fully support the implementation of the project and its contribution to the increase of fish stocks and restoration of the territory of tugai forests”.
(c) WWF Russia

In addition, the working group together with the executive bodies of Konibodom city, the department of environmental protection, community members of "Society of Hunters and Fishermen" and local residents carried out a number of measures to organize work of cleaning the Borisovka river channel, plant seedlings and register the inhabitants of the territories.

Tugai is a form of riparian vegetation and forest that occurs along large rivers in Central Asian deserts.

(c) WWF Russia

The “Promoting biodiversity conservation in the upper reaches of the Kairakkum reservoir by creating conditions for the fauna population” project is aimed at mainstreaming the issue of biodiversity conservation by conducting an information campaign at the local level and involving the local population.

Main activities and main directions of the program “Promoting biodiversity conservation in the upper reaches of the Kairakkum reservoir by creating conditions for the fauna population” are: 

Activities

Results

1

Restoration of  tugai forests affected by fires and deforestation through the involvement of the local population and the Society of Hunters and Fishermen.

-        There is a restored territory of 10 hectares of tugai forests planted with saplings;

-        Favorable conditions for migratory birds and local species are ensured;

-        residents who participated in the planting of seedlings are provided with wood fuel in the autumn and winter period out of the lumber stock obtained during sick tree removal and therefore, unauthorized cutting of tugai forests has been reduced.

2

Support natural fish stock population in the upper Kairakkum reservoir.

-        Favorable conditions for the population of fish stocks are ensured;

-        An additional inflow to the natural reservoir has been constructed;

-        The fry is able to access the outflowing water of the Kairakkum reservoir;

-        There is a yearly increase of 1,500,000 fry in the reservoir;

-        Local residents are provided with additional income from fishing.

3

Strengthening the capacity of the Society of Hunters and Fishermen  via technical support for better territory management methods.

-        The video monitoring system of the tugai forests is restored;

-        The rapid response team is equipped with the necessary equipment to extinguish the fires;

-        The probability of deliberate arson is reduced;

-        The speed of finding and eliminating foci of forest fires by the rapid response group is increased;

-        Reducing the costs of cleaning up the aftermath of fires and unauthorized tree cutting.

4

Strengthening interactions with the local population and raising their awareness.

-        Developed and implemented a mechanism for interaction with the local population;

-        The local community is informed about the importance of preserving tugai forests;

-        The local community participates in the restoration and preservation of tugai forests;

-        The experience in the conservation of tugai forests and the support of the fish stock population was demonstrated to the representatives of neighboring countries.

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