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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 wetland habitat.

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 in progress.


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 Iran.



Kazakhstan project website launched:



New Technical Advisor Appointed for Russia and Kazakstan launched.

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: mstishov@yandex.ru Office tel/fax: +7 (095) 205-90-0




• International meeting launches SCWP final report Read full story

• Technical brief available on reducing Avian Influenza risks Learn more

• Bujagh National Park designated Ramsar Site, Iran Read more

• SCWP Unites Nations in Conserving Wetlands along Siberian Crane Flyways - Project Completion Workshop held in Harbin, China More details

• Seminar on International Projects Organized by Department of Environment, Iran Learn more

• Naurzum and Zharsor-Urkash Lake Systems Designated Ramsar Sites, Kazakhstan Read more

• SCWP receives extension for key project activities through 2009 Read full story

• Local NGOs discuss water resource conservation and climate change in Kazakhstan Learn more

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