Turkmenistan is home to the second largest leopard population and making efforts to preserve this species of Red Book cats and track their population within the framework of cooperation with international projects.
On this World Environment Day during a special event hosted by the Ministry of agriculture and environmental protection of Turkmenistan, Ms.Tanya Rosen, IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group and Director, Central Asian Programs, Conservation X Labs, made a presentation highlighting the importance of protecting leopards.
Here is a presentation on “International Research and Monitoring Activities for biodiversity in Protected Areas of Turkmenistan” by Ms.Tanya Rosen:
Conservation X Labs is an innovation and technology startup focused on conservation, based in Washington DC and Seattle USA, IUCN member.
Conservation XLabs Central Asian Programs are working to build local capacity, strengthen relationships with government partners, and nurture regional cooperation to advance the conservation of imperiled Central Asian flagship mammal species, especially the Persian Leopard and Snow Leopard.
The Conservation X Labs team was awarded funding for a 3-year long project by the National Geographic Society called “Cores Corridors and Cats across Central Asia.” The project started in March 2023 and will bring conservationists from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan together to advance solutions for the conservation of Persian and Snow Leopards.
The “Cores Corridors and Cats across Central Asia” project is a platform for leaders from the three countries to leverage cutting-edge science and technology to protect Persian and Snow leopards. The project will work with local communities and government agencies to develop sustainable conservation practices that benefit both wildlife and people.
Conservation X Labs is partnering with local NGOs, research institutions, and government agencies in each country to implement the project. Partners include the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of Turkmenistan, the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan and Biodiversity and Research Center Community Trust, the Ilbirs Foundation, and the Center for Large Landscape Conservation.
The project uses cutting-edge technologies such as camera traps, AI, and genetic detection technology like CXL’s NABIT and Sentinel to monitor the leopards and their habitat. The Central Asian program is expected to have a significant impact on preventing the extinction of Persian leopards and snow leopards in Central Asia. ///nCa, 5 June 2023
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