Experts of World Conservation Union (IUCN) praise Turkmenistan's ecologic policy

Turkmenistan Materials 14 July 2006 12:35 (UTC +04:00)

(Turkmenistan.ru) - As the Ashgabat correspondent of Turkmenistan.ru reports, a group of international experts of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) has wrapped up its work in Turkmenistan. The group of experts was invited to count the number of unique ungulate species in the country's largest reserves - Badhyz, Kugitang and Kopetdag. For almost half a month, famous foreign scientists together with specialists of the Ministry of nature protection of Turkmenistan and representatives of the WWF monitored the populations of argali, ibex, goitered gazelle, Asiatic wild ass and markhor that were included in the red books of Turkmenistan and IUCN. The international experts highly rated the potential of Turkmenistan to preserve the quantity and reproduction of these, once critically endangered Central Asian fauna species, reports Trend.

"We have been working in the region since 2000, the doctor of biological sciences, employee of the Caspian Institute of Biologic Resources of Dagestan's scientific center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Eldar Ahmedov said. Comparing to a number of other states, Turkmenistan has established an efficient mechanism of nature protection. Ecological welfare is one of the components of sustainable development of the state. So far, we have prepared a draft report. The final report will be ready in one week. However, one can state today that monitoring of various species of animals of Turkmenistan's wildlife proved that there is a harmony in every respect."

According to the candidate of biological sciences, expert of the World Conservation Union on ungulate, Vladimir Treschev, the Ministry of nature protection of Turkmenistan maintains strict control of the reserves. There are buffer zones near the reserves with exclusive assess for outsiders that bears favorable effect on the safety of the unique nature. "It is amazing that many of these unique species feel comfortable in close proximity to Ashgabat, a rapidly growing mega polis, the scientist said. After the collapse of the USSR, many of the former Soviet republics reported headlong fall in this sphere. Turkmenistan is an example of how a state should treat ecological issues."

"Turkmenistan keeps a high level standard of nature protection, the candidate of biological sciences, expert on ungulate and unique species of animals of IUCN, employee of the Institute on the problems of ecology and evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Andrei Subbotin, confirmed. We can make comparisons as we worked in Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and many regions of Russia. As is known, Turkmenistan became a full-fledged member of the IUCN in 1978 according to the decision by UNESCO. It also joined many ecologic conventions of the UN, international treaties and agreements in the field of nature protection. Such productive cooperation raises Turkmenistan's prestige in eyes of the nature protection community."