The Altai Mountains, which straddle China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia, are a critical area for global conservation. They are a key habitat for endangered species, such as the snow leopard and Argali sheep.
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The Kyrgyz Republic, despite its small size, has relatively high diversity of species - about % of all known species on 0.13% of the Earth terrestrial. The complex orographical structure and wide-ranging elevations have nurtured highly diverse and endemic biomes, especially rich flora species in the Western Tian-Shan and Pamir-Altai ranges.
Many migratory soaring birds journey between Europe, Western and Central Asia and Africa. They face unsustainable levels of hunting in many countries along their route, including Syria and Lebanon. Tackling hunting is one element of the Migratory Soaring Birds (MSB) Project, which addresses a range of threats to these birds from economic sectors along the Red Sea/Rift Valley Flyway. The aim is to promote the principles of responsible hunting, including within legislation, in order to minimize impacts on populations of migratory soaring birds.