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More than 20 thousand individuals of white-headed duck were registered in Akmola region
On the Tengiz-Korgalzhyn lakes in Akmola region, from the 13th to the 16th of September 2016, there were registered more than 20 thousand individuals of white-headed duck (Oxyura leucocephala) which is a globally endangered species of ducks listed in the Red Book of Kazakhstan.
Inspection of the fence along the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in the Ustyurt region at saiga migration routes
Already in autumn 2011 Kazakhstan started with the construction of a border fence at the border to Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan of about 1.7 m height, made up from 8 strands of barbed wire. By the end of 2012 this construction work was finished. On a length of not less than 150 km, this fence crosses the habitat of the critically endangered Saiga antelope of the Ustyurt population.
Surprising findings from research on saiga antelope mass die-off
In continued analyses of samples from the catastrophic mass die-off of saiga antelopes from May 2015, several laboratories in Kazakhstan under the lead of the Research Institute for Biological Safety Problems (RIPBS) have identified the bacterium Pasteurella multocida as the causative agent of haemorrhagic septicaemia, which led to the death of the animals.
Seminar on combating illegal wildlife trade
Regional Technical Seminar on the fight against illegal wildlife trade in Central Asia was held in Bishkek, September, 17-18.
UNESCO assessment mission in Kazakhstan
In late August, the "Western Tien Shan" object was assessed by a special mission for inclusion in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The nomination includes a number of cross-border protected areas of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
Investigation of saiga mass die-off: special expedition started from Astana last weekend
On 27th June 2015, a 12-day expedition has been started in the framework of measures undertaken by the working group of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan for the investigation of reasons for the mass die-off of Saiga antelopes in May 2015. The expedition is organised and led by ACBK and supported by Okhotzooprom by the request of the Committee of Forestry and Wildlife of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan.
The death of Saiga antelopes in such huge numbers is a personal loss to all those who work studying and protecting this species
On 22 May a group made of specialists from the Forestry and Wildlife Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture as well as ACBK went to the Akmola Province – one of the three regions where earlier mass death of the Saiga antelope was recorded.
Saiga die-off in Kazakhstan: The investigation is being continued
On 10 May ACBK team set off for the Amangeldy District of Kostanay Oblast to undertake research at the parturition site of the Saiga antelope (the Betpakdala population). In several days, ACBK witnessed amass die-off of the steppe antelope.
ACBK invites to the Steppe Charity Ball
ACBK warmly invites all nature lovers and supporters of nature conservation to in the Steppe Charity Ball. All charity proceeds will go towards the ACBK program of re-introduction of the Przewalski’s horse into the wild.
Achievements of Kazakhstan Conservation Initiative “Altyn Dala” are presented today at the World Parks Congress in Sydney
The large-scale conservation initiative “Altyn Dala”, which since 2006 has effected expansion of SPAs in Kazakhstan by almost 3 million hectares, is presented today, 17 November, at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney (Australia).
IUCN celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Red List of Threatened Species
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Today the IUCN Red List is regarded as the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species.
Vultures on two continents could face extinction within our lifetime - warn conservationists
The world’s biggest conservation partnership – BirdLife International – has announced that vultures have rapidly become one of the most threatened families of birds on the planet. In a bid to stop this important family of birds slipping towards extinction in Europe and Africa, they have launched a global campaign asking for public support to Stop Vulture Poisoning Now. In Kazakhstan, this initiative is supported by ACBK.
ACBK is embarking upon a study of the steppe wolf
Tomorrow, on 7th August, ACBK is heading to the Kostanay Province to carry out research into one of the key species of steppe and semi-steppe ecosystems of Kazakhstan – the wolf. The research is being funded by the Sokolov-Sarabaysk mining production joint-stock company with the participation of the Forestry and Hunting Committee of Kazakhstan and its subordinate organisations.
ACBK has new Charter
Revised ACBK Charter that was discussed and endorsed by the General Meeting in July 2013, has been recently registered at the Ministry of Justice RK.
Important Bird Areas Receive Additional Protection
The law approving the ‘List of Wetlands of International and Republican Importance’ (№ 273-ө, dated 6 September 2013) – enacted by the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr N. Kapparov – comes into effect on 12 November 2013. All 10 Ramsar sites in Kazakhstan have been designated as Wetlands of International Importance and 44 reservoirs have been listed as Wetlands of Republican Importance.
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