Latest News: 2005
Western/Central Asia Site
Network for Siberian Cranes approved.
The new Western/Central Asia Site Network for Siberian Cranes was approved
during the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) meeting on the site
network in New Delhi in June 2005. The network will be organized under
the CMS MoU Concerning Conservation Measures for the Siberian Crane
and managed jointly between this project and the CMS. Activities will
be closely coordinated with the Wetlands International’s Central
Asian Flyway Project.
Oil exploration stops in critical
During a site expedition and site meetings carried out in August 2004
in Uvat Territory of West Siberia, an oil exploration tower was found.
Following this discovery, project staff in the Russian Federation liaised
with the Tyumen Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources. The
MNR recently required the oil company to leave and clean up the site.
In March 2005 the Head of Tyumen MNR Department informed SCWP staff
that the departure of the oil tower and cleanup of this territory is
Aerial surveys find a Siberian Crane with breeding markings.
Aerial surveys of known Siberian Crane nesting grounds were conducted
in June 2005 in West Siberia. No nests were found, but a Siberian Crane
with breeding markings was found.
Farsi website developed in
Kazakhstan project website
New Technical Advisor Appointed for Russia and Kazakstan
We are pleased to introduce Mikhail Stishov as the new
Technical Advisor for Russia and Kazakhstan. Mikhail is a Russian national
with educational background as a wildlife biologist. He has extensive
experience of the Russian protected areas system, ecological research,
and database/GIS design and management and has participated in GEF biodiversity
conservation projects at federal, regional and site levels.
Mikhail will officially start his duties on 1 June 2005 on a part-time
(50%) basis. This position is responsible to the project's Regional Coordination
Unit, aiming to provide technical advice and support to the implementation
of the project in Russia and Kazakhstan. Duties include provision of technical
advice to the national project teams and site staff, technical assistance
in carrying out flyway level activities in these countries, and monitoring
and evaluation of project activities. He will be based in Moscow.
Mikhail can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org Office tel/fax: +7 (095)