Conservation of an IBA in collaboration with students and local land users, Kazakhstan

Maxim Koshkin

The inventory of IBAs in Central Asia and the recent nomination of the Central Kazakh steppes and wetlands as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, Saryarka, demonstrates the outstanding importance of this region for nature conservation. This project, with its project territory in the Zhumay-Mayshukyr Lake System IBA, near to Saryarka, aims to develop a conservation strategy for this IBA as model site for all other IBAs in the region. To have a greater impact and ensure long[lasting sustainability of the project and nature conservation overall, students at the local university will be trained and intensively involved in monitoring and nature conservation education activities. Collaboration with local stakeholders and authorities will improve protection and expand enforcement activities of this outstanding region.

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