In early 2018, the ecological corridor has been established as a new category of protected areas in Kazakhstan. One of them connects Altyn-Emel National Park and Ile-Balhash Reserve, allowing for the free movement of the Goitered Gazelle, the saiga and the kulan. As a newly protected area, it often faces dangerous undertakings such as the stopping ongoing poaching activities, in addition to general challenges.
This project will:
- Inform the local community about the change of the territory’s legal status to protected and what this implicates;
- Raise awareness of the importance of nature conservation and the role and needs of key Central Asian migratory species with focus on the Goitered Gazelle;
- Promote alternative ecologically sustainable forms of income generation;
- Technically support the rangers (provide equipment and cover far-distance patrolling costs);
- Build an observation tower near the rangers center;
- Coduct a complete census of the Goitered Gazelle’s population by vehicle or airplane.
The project aims to end the current poaching activities in the Altyn-Emel - Ile-Balhash ecological corridor and to offer a safe area for the migration of the Goitered Gazelle and its population growth. Proper protection of the area will benefit kulan and saiga populations as well.