Almaz Musaev, Director of the Department for Biodiversity Conservation and SPNA of the SAEPF (left) and Eldiyar Sheripov, Deputy Director of the SAEPF (right) during the handing over of the office equipment to the SPNA. Photo: Mirlan Dyikanbaev / UNDP Kyrgyzstan

Today, on the International Day for Biological Diversity, the UNDP donated office equipment to five specially protected natural areas of the Western Tian-Shan.

The administrations of the Sary-Chelek, Padysh-Ata, Dashman and Besh-Aral Reserves and the Saimaluu-Tash Nature Park received computers, laptops, photo cameras, multifunction devices (MFDs) and UPS (uninterruptible power supplies). The value of the equipment transferred is over USD 9,000. The office equipment will help SPNA to improve monitoring of flora and fauna and increase the effectiveness of their work. This support was provided within the framework of the UNDP-GEF five-year project, currently implemented in partnership with the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry (SAEPF).

In his congratulatory speech, Eldiyar Sheripov, Deputy Director of the SAEPF expressed his gratitude for the project support of the SPNA system, emphasized the importance of preserving and restoring rare and endangered wildlife objects, further refining the legal framework and expanding the network of the SPNA in the country, and also noted the contribution of the joint project to enhancing capacity of the Western Tian-Shan SPNAs.

Eldiyar Sheripov, Deputy Director of the SAEPF (left) during a congratulatory speech in honor of the International Day for Biological Diversity. Photo: Mirlan Dyikanbaev / UNDP Kyrgyzstan

“Strengthening the material and technical resources of the SPNA, provision of the administrations and rangers of the Kan-Achuu and Alatai Nature Parks with SUVs, uniforms, office equipment, horses and reinforcing the rangers’ capacity are the current outputs of the joint project with the UNDP on safeguarding the biodiversity of the Western Tian-Shan. Construction of cordon houses for the rangers and office buildings for Kan-Achuu and Alatai protected areas will be implemented soon”, says Eldiyar Sheripov.

A set of office equipment donated to 5 specially protected natural areas of the Western Tian-Shan as part of a joint UNDP-GEF project. Photo: Mirlan Dyikanbaev / UNDP Kyrgyzstan

May 22 is the International Day for Biological Diversity, an environmental date approved by the UN General Assembly to draw public attention to the problem of the irretrievable disappearance of many floral and faunal forms and the loss of biodiversity. The theme “Our solutions are in nature” emphasizes hope, solidarity and the importance of working together at all levels to build a future of life in harmony with nature.

About project:

The UNDP is currently implementing a Project on Conservation of the Globally Significant Biodiversity of the Western Tian-Shan, the main goal of which is to preserve unique natural habitats and biodiversity, to promote the protection of rare and endangered species of the flora and fauna. The Project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and is being implemented in partnership with the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.

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