As an environmentally oriented company, CRS and GIS “Terra” recognizes its responsibility for preservation of unique sites of nature in Kazakhstan, diversity of landscapes and ecosystems and species of flora and fauna.
In this regard, the Company’s Science and Environmental Design Division pays much attention to implementing projects aimed at development of a network of specially protected nature territories (SPNT).
These are projects for creation of new and territory expansion of existing national nature reserves, national and regional natural parks, reserves, sanctuaries, preserved zones and dendrology parks.
Projects are implemented within the governmental programs and also with support from international foundations and organizations. The Company has implemented the large scope of works in this direction by tendering, upon request of the government authorized body in the area of SPNT - Forestry and Wildlife Committee at RoK Ministry of Agriculture (RoK MoA FWC) and its subordinate organizations (reserves, national parks, RSE Okhotzooprom, etc.).
Also, similar projects were developed for RoK Presidential Administration (Burabai National Park), relevant divisions of regional and city akimats, including international organizations - UNDP-Kazakhstan, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Association for Conservation of Biological Diversity of Kazakhstan, RoK Ministry of Education and Science.
The list of projects related to specially protected natural territories includes development and approval of the following documents and materials in the manner prescribed by the legislation:
During the Company’s operations period (since 1999) we have developed over 100 various projects on SPNTs in Kazakhstan. Under the projects of CRS & GIS “Terra”, the following national naturel parks were created: Altyn-Emel, Charyn, Buiratau, Syrdaria-Turkestan regional park, Altyn-Dala natural wildlife reserve, Kyzylarai-Begazy historical-cultural and natural reserve, Ontustik Altai complex wildlife area, Issyk national dendrology park. The Company has developed master plans for tourism infrastructure development (projects on Feasibility Study Updating) for all 11 national parks of Kazakhstan and 2 nature reserves - Semey Ormany and Ertys Ormany.
The Company has implemented the projects which helped to considerably expand the area of many SPNTs, particularly, the national parks: Bayanaul, Charyn, Ile-Alatau, Burabai, Barsakelmes and Markakol national natural parks and also Andasai faunal area.
All documents were prepared for creation of new SPNTs: Tarbagatai and Turkestan national parks; the national forest natural reserves in flood plains of the rivers II, Zhayik and Ertys, and also Aral reserve on the drained bed of the Aral Sea; territory expansion of the Barsakelmes reserve, creation of Kyzylkum nature sanctuary and the national preserve zone in Mangistau oblast.
Thanks to projects of CRS & GIS “Terra” alone, since 2000 the area of SPNTs in Kazakhstan has increased by 2.3 million hectares. A full package of documents was prepared for creation of new SPNTs to the total area of 7.1 million hectares. This is a substantial contribution of the Company to the nature conservation and biodiversity preservation on a global scale, not only for Kazakhstan.
Upon the initiative of the Company’s specialists, in the process of these works, new methods have been developed which make it possible to perform control over particular species and ecosystems as whole and are used in the works at SPNTs and other territories.
CRS and GIS “Terra” also develops projects related to wildlife population and condition assessment. Overall, 34 projects of this type were executed. These include projects for hunting management (27 projects) which resulted in «Hunting Management Plan» and preparation of biological rationale for using wildlife objects. The Company also supports WWF in implementing the Tiger Reintroduction Program for South Balkhash Lake area.
As the Company experts have academic degrees, all researches are carried out at high level in cooperation with different divisions of the Company, this enables them to develop and introduce new approaches during project implementation, particularly, GIS and remote sensing technologies. This considerably accelerates time of work performance and improves quality. Unlike research institutes operating based on scientific programs and grants which do not bind them to introduce their results in practice, our Company’s scientific developments and innovations are introduced right away without any additional procedures as they are produced in the process of solving specific tasks when implementing operational and other projects.
The Company specialists provide continued consulting assistance to staff of national parks, reserves and other organizations and also to individuals in regard to nature conservation, biodiversity preservation, methods of scientific researches and uses of modern technologies.