Two workshops on monitoring and managing Turkmenistan’s desert protected areas were held at the end of May under the CADI project.

The first theoretical part of the monitoring workshop on May 29-30 was focused on the monitoring of flora and various fauna groups – birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. Proposals for developing methods and routes for monitoring in the desert protected areas Bereketli Karakum, Repetek and Kaplankyr were developed. Turkmenistan has proposed these protected areas as clusters of the planned transnational World Heritage nomination “Temperate Deserts of Turan” to be submitted in 2022.

The workshop was organized in close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of Turkmenistan. The Scientific Directors and other staff of a total of nine nature reserves of Turkmenistan participated in the workshop.

The theory was followed by practical field trips to the three protected areas to assess the monitoring routes on-site and determine their inspections’ times and frequencies. Once agreed, these routes will form the basis for future research and monitoring activities, in line with UNESCO regulations for World Heritage Sites.

In a further CADI workshop on May 31 in Ashgabat, the status and further elaboration of the management plans for the Bereketli Karakum, Repetek, and Kaplankyr desert protected areas were discussed. The 5-year management plans are a mandatory part of the nomination dossier ” Temperate Deserts of Turan. “

The management workshop was attended by representatives of the Turkmen Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection and its subordinate structures: the Environmental Protection Service, the Land Resources Service, the State Nature Reserves of Turkmenistan (Bereketli Karakum, Repetek, Kaplankyr, and Köpetdag), and the National Secretariat for UNESCO in Turkmenistan.