Steppe Conservation and Management

Introduction


Babies of saiga in the Kazakhstan vast steppes

The goal of the project is to conserve the globally significant steppe biodiversity of Kazakhstan by including steppe ecosystems in the protected areas system as well as using planning tools for steppe ecosystems in Irgiz, Torgai and Zhylanshyk river basins. 

Expected Results


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  • Buiratau State national nature park and Altyn Dala State nature rezervat established;
  • Work completed to prepare justifications for expansion of the existing and establishment of new steppe protected areas;
  • Proposals submitted on upgrading the PA legislation to the Parliament of Kazakhstan;
  • Monitoring and knowledge management system for Irgiz-Torgai-Zhylanshyk steppe ecosystem is used for landscape level landuse planning;
  • Ecological corridors management mechanisms determined;
  • Annual report on saiga habitat and biological parameters prepared at pilot PAs;
  • Analysis made for different financing models for steppe PAs;
  • Capacity built for pilot PA staff.

Finances



2008-2013
 Donor name  Amount contributed
 GEF  $ 2,215,000
 UNDP  $ 25,000
 UNDP (in kind contribution)  $ 25,000
 Kazakhstan Government  $ 10,301,650
 Kazakhstan Government (in kind contribution)  $ 10,321,650
 NGOs  $ 570,000
 NGOs (in kind contribution)  $ 300,000

Delivery

 Apr 2013  $ 614,000
 Dec 2012  $ 431,812
 Dec 2011  $ 61,328
Overview
Status
Closed
Project start date
December 2008
Estimated end date
December 2013
Geographic coverage
Kazakstan
Focus Area
Biodiversity, Climate Change, Environment, Environmental Management
MDG
7
Project Officer
Assylkhan Assylbekov
Partners
Executing Agencies: Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Local communities and non-governmental organizations, Local governance bodies, Agency for Land Resource Management, Additional partner - Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan.
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