Après l'échec précoce du plan russo - iranien pour la restauration d'un noyau de tigres persans, russes et kazakhs préparent un projet de reconstitution d'une population d'Asie centrale autour du lac Balkash (source : WWF Russia, aujourd'hui).
Voir aussi la dépêche de l'Agence russe RIA Novosti, aujourd'hui :
"KAZAKHSTAN TO REINTRODUCE TURAN TIGER"
Today, Director of WWF-Russia Igor Chestin and director of WWF Central Asia Olga Pereladova discussed with the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Masimov and the Minister of Environmental Protection of Kazakhstan Nurgali Ashimov prospects for recovery of tigers in the country.
Turan tiger subspecies, living some time in Central Asia, completely dead. As shown by genetic studies, the Amur tiger, living in Russia, almost identical to the Turan tiger. That individuals tiger scientists plan to use it to restore populations of the rare cats in Kazakhstan.
Kazakh Prime Minister expressed great interest in this project and willing to allocate substantial funding from the state budget.
"We agreed that the WWF will prepare together with the Ministry of Environment of Kazakhstan, a full program for the reintroduction of tigers in the area of Lake Balkhash", - says Igor Chestin.
During the International Forum on tiger conservation in St. Petersburg in November 2010, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin expressed willingness to assist Kazakhstan in this program.
WWF will also seek additional funds for the return of the tiger in Kazakhstan.
Actualisation 26 mars, agence Interfax : projet de reconstitution intégral de l'écosystème du lac Balkash : une "deuxième écaille" pour le Dragon Vert après le lac Khanka du Primorye?
Astana. March 26. Interfax-Kazakhstan - The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov has met the Director of the Russian branch of the
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF Russia) Igor Chestin in Astana to discuss the issues of the restoration of the Lake Balkhash ecosystem, the Prime Minister's press office has
said in a statement.
According to the statement, implementation of several environmental projects was discussed, including the restoration of the unique natural potential of the Balkhash Lake area, the hydrological regime of the rivers and the water balance of the Ili-Balkhash basin, development of domestic and international tourism, fishing and other industries.
"The WWF expressed interest in implementing the project of reintroducing the extinct Caspian tiger in Kazakhstan as the most important in a complex of measures aimed at preserving the biodiversity of the region," the statement said.
According to the press office, to fulfill this task it is proposed to create the first wildlife sanctuary in the south of the Balkhash Lake area, the natural habitat of the Caspian tiger.
"Modern molecular genetic data suggest that the Caspian subspecies of the tiger was almost identical to the Siberian subspecies, which is planned to be introduced in Kazakhstan. In the proposed tigers' habitat tugai woodlands and cane tracts are preserved as well as the tiger's natural prey: the Bactrian deer, goitered gazelle, wild boar, a wide variety of birds and fish," the statement says.
Ce sont des tigres de même souche qui furent,il y a moins de 1000 ans, aux côtés de léopards, loups rouges et esturgeons géants, les jardiniers des systèmes hydroforestiers du Dniepr et de la Pripyat, poumon et coeur de l'Europe.