Wild Life Conservation in Wakhan National Park
Ayan Beg is a ranger in Wakhan National Park. Ayan started hunting in the mountains with his father when he was 14 years old. Now 36, he is working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, and his job is to protect animals instead of kill them. Ayan Beg himself, after learning about the importance of species conservation at a WCS meeting, put his poaching gun away forever, and signed up as a WCS ranger, alongside 50 other residents of Wakhan. “I regret killing so many wild sheep and goats”, said Ayan. “But now I am proud of protecting them”
UNDP, through a five-year Biodiversity Project, funded by GEF, hand-in-hand with the National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA), Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and livestock (MAIL) and the Wildlife Conservation Society, will:
- Boost biodiversity by supporting the co-management of these areas by government agencies and local people.
- Promote sustainable land management so that local people can derive maximum benefit from natural resources at minimum cost to the environment.
Photo: © UNDP / S. Farhad Zalmai / 2017