NEWS AND EVENTS
May 29, 2012
Flora and Fauna under Reliable Protection
Uzbekistan intends to expand fourfold the territory of protected natural areas.
It has been informed at the meeting timed to the International Day Biological Diversity organized in the National Press Center. Concrete facts were provided by representatives of the State Committee for Nature Protection of Uzbekistan and other agencies.
Biological diversity of the country is under protection of nine preserves, two national parks and a number of nature conservation territories. The Republican Center for breeding rare species of animals Jeyran is among them. From 2011 a biosphere reserve started functioning at the lower reaches of the Amudaryo River with its center Baday-tugay Reserve. The territory of the conservation area was extended due to addition of buffer zones where it is planned to combine the nature protection with harmless farming.
National parks in the country are relatively new forms of land protection. However, today one-third of the total protected areas fall to their share. The country practices the program of creation of a network of protected natural sites. It is made taking into account the recommendations from the project of Uzbek government, Global ecological Fund and UNDP Strengthening Steadiness of the National System of Protected Natural Sites through Focusing on Reserves.
Works on creation of new protected natural sites are to be implemented in two stages, meant for short and long terms. Implementation of these plans ensures the protection of unique landscapes and ecosystems, rare species of flora and fauna listed in the Red Book of Uzbekistan. (Source: “Uzbekistan Today” newspaper)