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The IICAB was established in 1995 at the regional biodiversity conference "Cheeta-95" by over 50 specialists on biodiversity protection from NGOs, state agencies, and academic institutions in Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the U.S., and Uzbekistan. The organization intends to focus it efforts in Central Asia and adjacent countries, but will work in any biodiversity protection activities throughout the NIS.
One of the primary goals of the institute is to provide a network of specialists with interests in the area. According to its founders, the problems of biodiversity conservation in the newly independent countries of Central Asia and adjacent countries are increasing while the region is losing specialists because of the economic and political situation. The institute hopes to lessen this problem through creation of this network of specialists.
Currently the institute is preparing an investment packet for the international donor community; establishing regional and international cooperation in studies and conservation of biodiversity in Central Asia; promoting information exchange; and preparing databases regarding different aspects of biodiver-sity protection. On the Board of Coordinators are:
- Andrey Aranbaev, Ashgabat Environmental Club, Turkmenistan firstname.lastname@example.org
- Andrey Zatoka, Dashkhowuz Environmental Club, Turkmenistan email@example.com
- Svetlana Blagoveshchenskaya, Youth Academy of Sciences, Dushanbe, Tajikistan firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tatiana Bragina, Naurzumsky zapovednik, Kazakhstan (no e-mail for now)
- Madjid Buketov, Karaganda Ecocenter, Kazakhstan email@example.com
- Sean Schmidt, International Snow Leopard Trust, Seattle, WA
- Emil Shukurov, Kyrgyzstan Environmental Movement Aleyne, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan firstname.lastname@example.org
- Oleg Tsaruk, Ecolog Unity, Uzbekistan, Executive Director
Last updated: January 1997
A print version of much of the information contained in this Central Asian Third Sector Organizations section can be found in Civil Society in Central Asia (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999).