Fauna & Flora and local partners are working to restore 500 hectares of degraded pastureland to protect Kyrgyzstan’s wild tulip species.


Project status:


Project area:

5.5 km²


Besh-Aral Nature Reserve

Project lead:

Jarkyn Samanchina, Country Director, Kyrgyzstan

Our work

In partnership with Cambridge University Botanic Garden and Bioresource, we are gathering vital field data on tulip distribution, ecology and threats to help to pinpoint priority sites to protect the most vulnerable species. In these areas, we are working directly with pastoralists to help restore larger-scale areas of tulip habitat and grazing pasture by encouraging pasture users to apply skills and techniques that support the recovery of grasslands. Key activities include the development and implementation of pasture management plans, in which degraded areas of tulip habitat will be set aside and given time to recover.

Credit: Brett Wilson

Project goals

We aim to encourage resilient and thriving Kyrgyz pastoral communities that are supported by healthy and diverse montane grassland ecosystems, with self-sustaining tulip populations. To do this we are: 

  • Building local and national pride in tulips as one of Kyrgyzstan’s most charismatic species, helping to grow broader support for their long-term conservation 
  • Increasing knowledge of wild tulip species to inform conservation and management development at a national level 
  • Engaging members of grazing communities to increase knowledge and actively engage in sustainable pasture planning and management

Credit: Ormon Sultangaziev/Fauna & Flora


  • 2022

    53 tulip species from this region were added to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

  • 2020

    Agreements were signed to limit use within a total of 550 ha of pasture lands

  • 2020

    11 hectares of the most at threat habitat of rare tulips fenced off for recovery

  • 2019

    Fauna & Flora partnered with Cambridge University Botanic Gardens and Bioresource to begin the project in three project sites: Sulyukta and Baul (Batken Region) and Shamshy (Chui region)

  • 2018-2019

    499 wild tulip bulbs and 150 grams of seeds collected and planted in a fenced experimental site at the Gareyev Botanical Garden, National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic

Project partners

This project is delivered in partnership with Cambridge University Botanic Garden, BioResource, Association of Forest Users and Land Users of Kyrgyzstan (AFLUK), National Academy of Science of Kyrgyz Republic and Gareev Botanical Garden (GBG).