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Conservation of Migratory Species in Central Asia: Conservation and Restoration of the Bukhara Deer

Some members of the digital meeting concerning Conservation and Restoration of the Bukhara Deer
Some members of the digital meeting concerning Conservation and Restoration of the Bukhara Deer

Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 23. October 2020: This week, an expert meeting on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning Conservation and Restoration of the Bukhara Deer took place. The meeting was jointly organized by the CMS Secretariat and the International Academy for Nature Conservation (INA), with funding from the German Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). Due to the Corona pandemic the meeting was held via online conference and covered four time zones.

From 19 –22 October 2020, 22 representatives of governmental and non-governmental organisations and other interested organisations came together in a webmeeting to exchange information about current population trends, threats and conservation approaches for the Bukhara Deer (Cervus elaphus bactrianus). The Bukhara Deer, native to riparian forests (tugai forests) in the basins of major rivers in Central Asia, is threatened by artificial regulation of the water regime, habitat destruction and illegal hunting. The MoU became effective on 16 May 2002, signed by four of the five range states in Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as the World Wild Fund for Nature and the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC). Experts from the fifth range state, Afghanistan, were also involved in this meeting.

During the meeting, the experts exchanged and reviewed information about the current conservation status and trends of the Bukhara Deer throughout its range and prepared the basis for a new work programme 2021–2026 for the conservation of the species. Conservation efforts have led to a positive trend in populations numbers during the last years and shall be continued. Actions on maintaining and restoring the species’ riparian forest habitat, shall be accompanied by research and involvement of local communities.

More information and meeting documents: www.cms.int/bukhara-deer/en/meeting/second-meeting-signatories-bukhara-deer-mou-mos2

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