Fauna & Flora and local partners are working to restore 500 hectares of degraded pastureland to protect Kyrgyzstan’s wild tulip species.
Besh-Aral Nature Reserve
Jarkyn Samanchina, Country Director, Kyrgyzstan
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
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:
Credit: Ormon Sultangaziev/Fauna & Flora
53 tulip species from this region were added to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Agreements were signed to limit use within a total of 550 ha of pasture lands
11 hectares of the most at threat habitat of rare tulips fenced off for recovery
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)
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
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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).
We are grateful for the financial support of the Darwin Initiative, The Finnis Scott Foundation, and CEPF
Kyrgyzstan, in Central Asia, is blessed with beautiful wild and mountainous landscapes, exceptional wildlife, a rich culture and a deeply generous and hospitable people.
Habitat loss is one of the biggest threats to biodiversity. Learn more about our work to tackle this problem.