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EXPERIENCE FOR THE ENGAGEMENT OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES FOR WILDLIFE CONSERVATION IN THE REPUBLIC OF TAJIKISTAN
The experience of engagement the local communities in the wildlife conservation in Tajikistan has its 30-year history. The trophy hunting began in the Republic of Tajikistan in 1987. But with the release of the updated Red Book of the Republic, all hunting for rare and vanishing animal species was discontinued, according to its provisions. After numerous appeals of travel agencies about the resumption of such hunting again, the Ministry of Nature Protection sent a request to the Academy of Sciences and it was decided to carry out a large-scale count of the number of argali in the Pamirs, since it was believed that its population was in critical condition.
THE STATISTICAL RESULTS OF PAMIRIAN ARGALI POPULATION IN 2018
Introduction The Marco Polo sheep, Pamir mountain sheep or Pamirian argali (Ovis ammon polii) is one of the subspecies of argali. Their habitat area includes south of Kyrgyz Republic, narrow strip in the west of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of Republic of China, small and great Pamir in northeast Afghanistan and small territory in the Northern Pakistan. The main population of Marco Polo sheep’s are located in the territory of Republic of Tajikistan, at Pamir Marco Polo sheep is included to the Red Book of Tajikistan (1988, 2015) and in the International Red book MCOII as “endangered “species (VI). Since 1987, Tajikistan has been holding trophy hunting for foreign tourists on the basis of special CEP permits, based on the recommendation of the Academy of Sciences and the interdepartmental commission.