Zorkhul Strict Protection Areas

Zorkul is the newest of Tajikistan’s protected areas. The Reserve was re-designated in its current form in 2000 with the aim of protecting a representative example of the eastern Pamir ecosystem. At present the Reserve is highly underresourced, and lacks any real on-the-ground protection. In 2009 follow-up work enabled the first formal needs assessment to be conducted for the Zorkul Reserve. This demonstrated the paucity of management systems and processes, including the absence of any management plan for the Reserve. No survey, monitoring or patrol work is carried out due to lack of skills and basic equipment. The challenge is to develop the necessary basic resources, skills and processes to improve reserve operation, whilst helping the team to develop a range of additional income streams to underpin the Reserve’s operations. Plans are underway to deliver training in internet use, fundraising and development and will direct support to the administration to apply to other international small grants facilities.

General Information:

Landscape: Wakhan Protected Area Type: Strict Nature Reserve
Established Year: 2000 Area: 870 sq. km.

Geographical Features:

Min: 37.45 Max:
Min: 73.7 Max:
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Average rainfall (m): N/A

Biodiversity Features:

Province: Himalayan Highlands
Biomes: Eurasian High Montane

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Conservation Challenges: Uncontrolled poaching appears to be a significant threat to the wildlife of the Reserve, along with livestock grazing which occurs over nearly half the Reserve, including in sensitive nesting areas. In addition, the risk of climate change at mountain reserves such as this is significant.
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