We invite everyone to participate in our speleological projects in 2018 - 2019, about which you will learn below.
Projects of Foundation for the Preservation and Exploration of Caves is aimed at interdisciplinary issues of conservation and study of the cave systems. The cave is not only a unique underground geological monuments but also habitats of many different biological species. Including rare species of bats listed in the international red sheet and the Red book of Kyrgyzstan.
Caves is a cultural and historical-archaeological heritage of the peoples of Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia.
In this regard, the caves can be used for implement various research and applied projects, as well as to cultural and ecological tourism. In addition, caves can be used in educational, social and cultural spheres.
For the implementation of the various cave projects Foundation for the Preservation and Exploration of Caves pays particular attention to international cooperation. In this respect, the important point is transfer of experience of international experts interested in young speleologists, scientists, graduate students or students in Kyrgyzstan, as well as their introduction to the problems of preservation and study of the cave systems.
Forwarding projects aimed at finding and comprehensive study of known and new caves. The cave is a special microclimatic conditions for the formation of unique mineral cave forms, the formation of a specific hydrogeology and the environment. The cave is a place preserved archaeological and cultural backgrounds.
The whole set makes the caves unique natural laboratory, attracting scientists from different countries and creates conditions for the organization of cultural ecological tourism for people who want to learn and save the world of caves.
Underground habitats as a unit for conservation of vulnerable bat communities in southwest Kyrgyzstan
Application ID: 24890-1
The Title of Your Project
Underground Habitats as a Unit for Conservation of Vulnerable Bat Communities in South-western Kyrgyzstan
Summary of Aims of Your Project
The project is aimed at surveying underground habitats and clarifying the important summer and winter bat sites in south-western Kyrgyzstan. Collected information will be used to evaluate the vulnerable bat communities and will serve as a basis to recommend and implement a specific conservation strategy in the country. In addition, the educational aspect of the project will contribute to the establishment of a local bat working group. The group will help to achieve favourable future for the long-term conservation in the region.
The south-western part of Kyrgyzstan is a transboundary territory situated between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The region is mountainous with karst relief and encloses the southern wall of Fergana Valley. These characteristics suggest a variety of underground habitats which play an important role for bat communities.
The life cycle of the cave-dwelling bat species is closely related to the underground sites. Moreover, they form nursery colonies in the summer, which have high conservation priority. The conservation significance also applies to the winter hibernacula, where caves are shelters not only for the cave-dwelling but also for forest-dwelling species. The illegal entry into the caves for entertainment or treasure-hunting/mining activity in the region is one of the main threats for bats. The impact of these unregulated practices is high mortality rate for the new-born bats in the summer and lethal impact on the bat aggregations in the winter. In this regard, summer and winter monitoring will contribute towards taking adequate measures for protection of the vulnerable bat communities and serve as a prerequisite to form the basis for a bat conservation framework in the region.
The educational aspect will be held in high priority during the project, and a local bat group comprised mainly of students will be established. They will pass series of lectures about bats, including species identification, morphology, anatomy, ecology, and conservation importance, combined with practice on the field. Training for safe access to the caves for the involved student will be provided before the main fieldwork and combined with practical activities during the project duration.
The project is a pilot study for the transboundary territories of central Asia and is essential for future, more thorough, research on bats.