West Kazakh Steppe


Photograph by Michele Bowe

Learning from the past, restoring for the future: Rewilding West Kazakhstan’s Steppe

Project Context and Aim

The Kazakh steppe extends over 5 million ha and is comprised of a mosaic of semi-desert, steppe grasslands, and dotted with regionally important salt lakes as well as clay pans and significant freshwater wetlands. It encompasses the entire migration route of the world’s largest population of the critically endangered Saiga antelope and is the historic home of nomadic Kazakh herders. The area is at high risk of drought and desertification. Through its relationships with local stakeholders, the project will identify key areas for conservation action and develop climate resilient restoration plans for this magnificent landscape. 

Project Partners

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources (Kazakhstan)

Quick Facts

ELSP funding

US$ 99,656

Duration of grant

October 2023 - September 2025

Lead Organisation


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