Central Asia
Ibexes on th territory of hunting area 'Chakir-Corum-Trophy' in Kyrgyzstan. Spruce forest near the Issik-Kul Lake. Leskhoz Jety-Oguz.
Wildlife Management in Kazakhstan (consulting project with the Frankfurt Zoological Society)

Partners: Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK), Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS),  Forstry and Wildlife Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture

Project start: 2008

Wild ungulates and especially the Saiga antelope as a long-distance migrating species, play a key role for the functionality of arid ecosystems of the steppes and semi deserts of Central Asia and are a potential source of income for the poor local population. Extensive poaching has brought the saiga close to extinction.


The system of sustainable Wildlifemanagement as well as the conservation of the saiga antelope as a valuable resource shall be improved. The project therefore supports the governmental partner Committee of Forestry and Hunting to improve the census and monitoring system of the saiga antelope, to create instruments for a sustainable future use of saiga and to improve the anti poaching system.

The implementing partner of the project Association for the Conversation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK) runs a wildlife management area of 360 thousand hectares. In this area, which links two protected areas and covers an important migration corridor of Saiga antelope, ACBK is introducing a coordinated wildlife management which involves the local population. In partnership with two neighboring hunting areas, approaches of sustainable wildlife management are tested, and the capacities of wildlife managers, local population and decision makers are improved. Experience from these pilot areas are used to formulate recommendations for an improved wildlife policy and legal framework.