RESPONSIBLE OUTDOORS SINCE 2008
The philosophy behind Association of Nature Conservation Organizations of Tajikistan is to develop conservation and sustainable-use initiatives by providing tools and skills to NGOs and small businesses in community-based conservancies.
Since 2008, wildlife conservation and development organizations have supported the establishment of game management areas that can be protected by local families or associations of local hunters. The locals generate revenues from these areas through guided hiking, game-viewing, wildlife photography and hunting. The revenues fund the work of local rangers and nature guides, and any surpluses are invested into local development projects. This approach motivates families and hunters to refrain from unsustainable poaching and to protect the wildlife populations and their ecosystems.
Effectively regulated hunting plays an important role in the conservation approach of Association of Nature Conservation Organizations of Tajikistan. In particular, sport hunting by international hunters provides the necessary financial means to these conservancy areas which motivates local communities to conserve wildlife. The hunts marketed by Association of Nature Conservation Organizations of Tajikistan follow the principles of conservation hunting, in which quotas are set and animals are specially selected for harvest in a way that minimizes the impact on population numbers, demographic structure, and genetics. In Tajikistan, you will see large birds of prey, including golden eagles and bearded vultures. These birds live by scavenging the carcasses of animals. Eating fragments of lead bullets can poison these magnificent creatures. As part of our conservation effort, we strongly recommend the use of non-toxic copper bullets on your hunt with us.
The conservancies managed by the members of Association of Nature Conservation Organizations of Tajikistan provide excellent touristic opportunities. You may come for just a few hours to even a few weeks, enjoying the landscape, wildlife, and local people. A variety of activities are available such as hiking, birdwatching, and wildlife photography. While visiting these conservancies, you will see the regional diversity of the Tajik, Pamiri (Bartangi, Shughni, and Wakhi) and Kyrgyz ethnic groups, experiencing how their traditions and environment influence their architecture, land-use, and lifestyles.