Environmental work in Central Asia

Map of Central Asia rel=
Central Asia
© WWF-Russia

WWF in Central Asia

Central Asia includes 5 countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Despite the many shared cultural, historical and environmental features of the 5 states, the region is a vast land of great contrasts in climate and elevation. Some areas within Central Asia are a virtual “crossroads” of species, where representatives of both Asian and Mediterranean flora meet.

WWF has been working here since 1996, and since then some results have been achieved: 

  • The number of Bukhara deer in the wild has increased from 350 in 1999 to around 1000 in 2006;
  • The water level in the Tigrovaya Balka Reserve in Tajikistan has been restored, safeguarding the continued existence of the wetlands and holding out a chance of survival for the Bukhara deer;
  • WWF has built up close government contacts within the five countries. This is an important imperative for establishing the cross-border Econet;
  • Considerable reduction in the poaching of the leopard’s prey and greatly increased appreciation of the local population for the leopard as the national icon;
  • A compensation programme has been set up - now farmers receive compensation when they lose cattle to leopards;
  • The number of leopards has increased and become stable.


Masha Vinokurova
Communications officer
Programme Office,
Moscow (RU)
T: +7 495 7270939

Olga Pereladova
Head of WWF Central Asian Programme,
Programme Office,
Moscow (RU)
T: +7 495 7270939

Since WWF started its saiga project in 2003,  the population of the species in Betpakdala has grown ... / ©: Yuri Arylov
Since WWF started its saiga project in 2003, the population of the species in Betpakdala has grown from 2000 to 16800.
© Yuri Arylov
 / ©: WWF-Russia
After bringing up bukhara deer, WWF releases them in areas where they became extinct.
© WWF-Russia

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Donate to WWF

Your support will help us build a future where humans live in harmony with nature.