11-20 March in Astana 2019, ACBK conducted a workshop on SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) and its implementation in Kazakhstan. The seminar was attended by participants from protected areas, representatives from company OkhotZooProm, and ACBK. SMART experts Michiel Hoette and Igor Kolodin from Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) introduced the audience to the structure and objectives of SMART patrol monitoring system. During the seminar, the following topics were especially discussed in detail: data collection, data processing, and data analyses, use of the SMART software, SMART-based patrol management.
CADI project supports the implementation of the SMART system in the State Nature Reserves Ustyurt and Barsakelmes.
METT Workshop for the Ustyurt State Nature Reserve
In October 2017, a workshop in the Mangystau region (Kazakhstan) took place. During the workshop, a Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT) was used to provide an assessment of the existing management system of Ustyurt zapovednik. In addition, several proposals with regard to its functionality were elaborated. The workshop was moderated by Nigel Dudley, one of the developers of METT.
The workshop was organized by the CADI project in close cooperation with the UNDP/GEF project “Improving the sustainability of the protected areas system in desert ecosystems through the promotion of biodiversity-compatible livelihoods in and around PAs”. In the workshop participated staff of Ustyurt and Barsakelmes zapovedniks as well as representatives of UNDP, ACBK, and CADI.
METT Workshop for the Bereketli Garagum Nature Reserve
The current management of Bereketli Garagum Nature Reserve was evaluated as part of a workshop in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan). The assessment will serve as a basis for developing appropriate measures to improve the functioning of the protected area within the CADI project. It was the first assessment of the 2013 established desert reserve.
Participants of the seminar used the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT) method. Nigel Dudley, one of the developers of the METT method, moderated the workshop
Representatives from the government and different nature reserves as well as scientists took part in the event.