In total, about 23 units of banners and signposts, 100 concrete blocks are installed along the borders of the Tajik National Park (TNP) in the Sangvor and Lyakhsh districts. Two stone sculptures of the snow leopard were also made, which will be installed close to administrative buildings of the TNP branches.
This activity was realized as part of the initiative to define and demarcate the TNP’s boundaries in these areas, implemented by the UNDP-GEF project on the conservation of snow leopard ecosystems. To enhance the conservation potential of specially protected areas in Sangvor and Lyakhsh, which are the habitat of the snow leopard, a series of practical actions are planned to support preservation of local ecosystems and protection of wild animals.
Under the project support, developed a design of and produced informational banners, which describe the uniqueness of the national park, its goals and objectives, as well as the rare species of animals and plants inhabiting its territory. In addition, the construction of 4 checkpoints has been launched at the entry points of the National Park, which contribute to strengthening the protection and suppression of poaching factors in Sangvor and Lyakhsh parts.
Held the meetings with a Chairman of the Environmental Protection Department in Rasht, Mr. Mirzo Giesov and a Head of the Agriculture Department, Mr. Abdurozyk Salomov. The main issues discussed were a state of district pastures and forests, key load factors and reasons of its degradation, approaches to restoration and rehabilitation, and possible creation of demonstration plots with the project support. They noted that a large number of livestock driven here from the southern regions of the country and the subsequent unregulated grazing are very detrimental to the condition and productivity of local pastures. Due to transfer of the lands to dehkan farms and private owners for long-term use, the issue of pasture control has become very problematic. Pasture rotation and restoration technologies are not used.
Conflict between humans and wild animals in these places is another factor that can negatively affect the population of wild predators, in particular, the snow leopard. Conducting awareness activities was determined as one of jointly work priorities in Sangvor and Lyakhsh, which could increase people knowledge and understanding of the value of wildlife conservation and approaches to harmonization with human activities.