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NEWS AND EVENTS
June 26, 2013
From science to tourism
In protected areas large scale of potential



In Uzbekistan much has been done to preserve the balance of nature, endangered flora and fauna. the country is a member of a number of international agreements on the protection of biodiversity, in the framework of which today is holding a systematic policy on strengthening the protection of wildlife. In particular, in 1995, Uzbekistan joined the International Convention on Biological Diversity, and then normative documents were developed on the implementation of its provisions. in 2004, the \\\"Law on Protected Natural Areas\\\" was adopted.

Outbreaks of wildlife are required primarily to manage and restore the habitation on the planet. Largo forests produce oxygen and restore the soil, mountain streams and springs provide people with clean drinking water and so on. And these functions will be successfully carried out, if the flora and fauna develop in the closest conditions to nature - says a leading specialist of the protected areas of the Republican Inspectorate for Protectionand Rational Use of Fauna and Flora (Gosbiocontrol) Alexander Abakumov. - For a long time, the legally protected areas have been considered exceptionally as research institutions.

At present the country has eight nature reserves, two natural parks, 12 state reserves. Seven areas have the status of monuments of nature. In addition, the State Committee for Nature Protection operates eco-center \\\"Adelia\\\". Area of protected natural areas is expanding. Thus, in the Amudarya and Beruni regions of arakolp.iW.m formed Nizhneamudarinbky State Biosphere Reserve, the core of which was the reserve Baday-Tugay total area of over 68 hectares. Work is in progress and to increase the eco-center.

As experts, projects to expand existing protected areas primarily designed for reserves with successful experience in the conservation of wildlife. Also plan to add space to those agencies that are home to some rare species of animals and plants, and they need the space for the growing population. In this case, try to reach more diverse natural areas. Now the majority of protected areas in the country is located in mountainous areas, some - in riparian forests. In the future there will be the same reserves, dealing with the desert flora and fauna, as well as the foothills -Adir.

- Requirements of time such that today it is necessary not only to establi sh new and expand existing reserves and natural paTks, and combine them into a single network. Network of protected areas will monitor the scientific and business activities in the areas of wildlife, improve the exchange of information between experts, - says Alexander Abakutnov.

Ecotourism development - another important area. In a number of nature reserves and national parks are visitor centers with the appropriate infrastructure that could attract both local people as well as foreign visitors to explore the unique nature of our country. With the support of the UNESCO office in Uzbekistan, a project to integrate Chatkal State Biosphere Reserve in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. This will bring it to the attention of the world, to realize the great potential of this beautiful conservation area.

Source: Newspaper «Uzbekistan travel news»


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