WORKSHOP: Understanding the key role of steppes in Kazakhstan’s biological diversity: moving forward with conservation and management

The overall intended outcome of this workshop is to support the development of best management and conservation practices of this ecologically important area. This 120 minute session is organized by the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) and the Ecosystem Management Programme of IUCN.

Mongolian Steppes, Hustai National Park Photo: Tatyana Bragina
  • DATE: 11 Sep 2012
  • TIME: 14:30 - 16:30
  • ROOM: A - Yeongju Hall B

The steppes of South Eastern Europe are currently one of the most underrated and exploited biomes in the region. Global climate change and agricultural land degradation and resulting reductions in productivity are intensifying losses of steppe ecosystems. This pressing issue is linked to the deteriorating livelihoods of millions of people.

During the workshop participants will be actively involved in discussions about steppe ecosystem services, their current status and the need for steppe biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. This workshop will begin with an introduction on steppes, convey their importance as an ecosystem and discuss conservation and management strategies.

Participants will be encouraged to work together on shared objectives to implement the IUCN and CEM Holarctic Steppe Thematic Group goals which promote the conservation of steppes in harmony with the needs of human society.

A discussion on the creation of an, "Encyclopedia of the Great Steppe" which will describe steppe ecoregions will be a core element of the workshop. The outcomes of this exercise will inform the future implementation of a network of protected areas in the region. The workshop will conclude with a look at who is currently taking action for steppe conservation and management and a discussion on what the future holds for steppes.

This workshop is organized by Naurzum Nature Reserve Kazakhstan. Focal point: Tatyana Bragina,

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