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Critical record of Afghanistan's natural heritage blooms again
Date:4/16/2010

baseline data for Afghanistan's flora. Environmental impact assessments that could not previously be undertaken due to lack of information are now possible. Data to help inform the design of natural resources management and rehabilitation measures are now available, and identification and preservation of protected areas will be improved.

Due to Afghanistan's position at the intersection of three different biological realms (Palearctic, Indomalayan and Afrotropical) and combination of high mountains, plains and deserts, the country contains a surprisingly diverse assemblage of plants and animals. This includes nine species of wild cats and numerous varieties of crops of importance to humans, from wheat to pistachio, almond, apricot and walnut trees.

WCS has been working since 2006 to help Afghanistan conserve its wildlife and natural resources. As part of this process, WCS is working with local communities and the Afghan government to establish a network of parks and protected areas. Last year, Afghanistan announced the creation of its first national park: Band-e-Amir, a spectacular series of six deep blue lakes separated by natural dams made of travertine, a mineral deposit.


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Contact: John Delaney
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718-220-3275
Wildlife Conservation Society
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