Ecological survey conducted in Turkmen sector of Caspian Sea
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, June 24 / Trend H.Hasanov /
The Hazar Nature Reserve conducted a survey of nested fauna from 14 to 18 June 2010 in the northern section of the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea to identify the species composition and number of nesting birds, the UNDP Ashgabat office reported.
The survey covered the vast territory stretching from Swe Cape to Tarta Cape, including the coastline, salt lakes on the southern tip of Swe Cape, and coastal sands. Much attention was paid to rare and protected species, who are subject to amateur hunting - cormorants, Sheldrake and stone partridge.
As a result of survey, there have been identified nesting of 32 species of birds belonging to 10 different orders. Among these species there are birds the hunting for which should be strictly regulated.
Based on the number of bird species in the northern sector of the Caspian Sea there will be determined quotas for their shooting. The results of survey will be also used for practical work with representatives of the Turkmen Society of Hunters and Fishermen on the efficient use of biological resources of the Caspian Sea. In addition, the results of survey provide a good information base for staff of Hazar Nature Reserve in conducting scientific and advocacy work among the population of Balkan province of Turkmenistan.
The survey of nested fauna was carried out within the framework of UNDP/GEF Project "Conservation and Sustainable Use of Globally Significant Biological Diversity in Hazar Nature Reserve on the Caspian Sea Coast" implemented jointly with the Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan. The project started in 2006. The main goal of the project is to preserve globally significant biological diversity of Turkmenistan through strengthening sustainability of the country's national protected areas system.
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