WWF Central Asia presented the program “Return of the Tiger to Kazakhstan” at the conference “Tiger Week in Singapore 2021”
Singapore Tiger Week 2021 brings together experts from around the world to raise the need for urgent action to conserve tigers. Director of the WWF Central Asian Program, Grigory Mazmaniants, spoke about the tiger reintroduction program in Kazakhstan, including large-scale work to restore the ecosystem of the Balkhash region and the Ile-Balkhash reserve, a protected area of 415 thousand hectares.
The Singapore Wildcat Action Group (SWAG) is hosting the Singapore Tiger Week, their annual conference on the state of tiger conservation in the world. Coinciding with International Tiger Day on 29 July, this year’s theme is ‘Time Is Running Out’ to reflect the urgent need for action. The conference was held on Zoom, July 30 – August 5, 2021.
In September 2017, a Memorandum was signed between WWF and the Government of Kazakhstan on the implementation of a tiger reintroduction program in Central Asia. Today, the restoration of the ecosystem of the Balkhash region is in full swing. The territory of the Ile-Balkhash natural reserve, which was created in 2018, is over 415 thousand hectares, and includes a part of the Ili river delta, floodplain, saxaul forests and wetlands on the southern coast of Lake Balkhash.