Tethys Scientific Society
Organization Type: Membership Association   Date Established: December 56551
Date Joined IUCN: February 2000

Overview
The Tethys Scientific Society is the non-commercial and non-profit organization. The members of Tethys are the scientists of several academician institutes (Institute of Zoology, Institute of Botany, etc.). The main activity are in biodiversity conservation, red-listing, Nature Protected Areas, ecological education, propaganda of scientific knowledge. The Tethys publishes several thematic scientific journals on entomology, hydrobiology and ichthyology, ornithology, etc.

Mission
Achievement and support the sustainable development of the Central Asian region (environment, culture, human health).

 

Objectives
1. Working out and realization the programs on biodiversity conservation and estimation and improvement of environment, protection of human health, conservation of the historical and cultural monuments. 2. Educational programs and popularization of scientific knowledge; 3. Support and organizing the scientific research; 4. Publishing.

Key achievements

1. Support and organizing the scientific research There were many scientific research project since 1996. Every year Tethys scientific teams worked in Aral Sea in cooperation with Japanese scientists from Kyoto and Osaka Universities. There are some current project list: Field botany-zoological research in Kazakhstan part of West Tien Shan and digital video recording of the diversity of wild tulips (later Holland TV Co. used this video for making video film about tulips, was shown by Khabar Broadcasting Co in Aspril 20001). Biodiversity research in Ili-Alatau National Park Soil research in South Kazakhstan (Japanese-Kazakhstan team). Project for research of recreation potentials of Kazakhstan part North Caspian Sea, in collaborative with EcoBioMed, supported by ISAR.(2000 – 2002). Field research for studying of the biodiversity of Aksu-Dzhabagly National Natural Reserve(within Transboundary project on biodiversity conservation of West Tien Shan, supported by GEF, 2001-2002) International Project on studying of malaria carrier in Central Asia, supported by UNESCO and European Community (since 2001). 2. Propaganda of scientific research and ecological education 10 TV programmes shown in national TV KHABAR, devoted to nature of Kazakhstan and Japan as well as ecological situation in Aral Sea. some publications in popular journals “Didar Kazakhstan”, “Accent - Central Asia”. 5 video-films on the ecological problems, done by Ecos group (author – S.A. Krymova):”City and Nuclear Reactor”, “Tracks on the sand”, 2 films on governmental ecological policy in USA, “Man and Nuclear Reactor” Exhibition in Tengri Umay Hall – Red Data Book’s invertebrates of Kazakhstan, artist – V. Timokhanov supported by US Embassy) Red Data Book of Kazakhstan, part invertebrates, 2003 (supported by Min. of Agric. of Kazakhstan) Compact Disk “The rare animals and plants of Kazakhstan” (supported by UNESCO) 3. Publishing Scientific Editions Tethys established new seria Tethys Research (Tethys Entomological Research (10 issues), Tethys Aqua Zoological Research (2 issues), Tethys Biodiversity Research (1 issue), Tethys Ornithological Research(1 issue)) and published zoological journal Selevinia (from 1996 till 2003). Also Tethys published many scientific editions (“Proceedings of International scientific conference on soil research in Kazakhstan (1998)”, “Proceedings of International scientific conference on “Sustainable Use of Natural Resources of Central Asia, Environmental problems of the Aral Sea and surrounding areas ”(September 9-11, 1997)”, Proceedings of International scientific conference on “Conservation and use of animal diversity in Kazakhstan (April, 1999)”, “Dictionary of fish names of Kazakhstan (1999, by I. Mitrofanov)”, “Kazakh-Russian dictionary on soil terminology (2000)”, “Proceedings of International scientific conference on soil research in Kazakhstan”, “Birds of Kazakhstan, bibliography index 1850-2000 (by A.F. Kovshar, V.A. Kovshar)”, “Monogenea of the fish of Kazakhstan and Central Asia (2001, by E.Gvozdev and D. Karabekova)” and etc.

Bio-geographic Areas of Work
Agricultural Lands; Drylands; Drylands - Arid lands; Drylands - Semi Arid Lands; Forests; Forests - Montane; Freshwater; Freshwater - Wetlands and Floodplains; Mountains; Mountains - Temperate.

Areas of Activity
1-0 Biodiversity; 1-03 Fauna; 1-04 Flora and vegetation; 1-08 Threatened Species; 3-0 Management and Planning; 3-03 Ecosystem approach and management; 3-05 Environmental impact assessment; 3-12 Parks and protected areas; 3-14 Water resources management; 4-0 Socioeconomic; 4-06 Pollution and waste; 5-0 Information and Knowledge; 5-01 Biodiversity monitoring; 5-03 Environmental education; 5-05 Research; Biodiversity Assessment / Monitoring; Environmental Education; Parks and Protected Areas; Research; Sustainable use.

Areas of expertise
1-0 Biodiversity; 1-03 Fauna; 1-04 Flora and vegetation; 1-08 Threatened Species; 3-0 Management and Planning; 3-05 Environmental impact assessment; 3-12 Parks and protected areas; 3-14 Water resources management; 3-15 Wildlife management; 4-0 Socioeconomic; 4-06 Pollution and waste; 5-0 Information and Knowledge; 5-01 Biodiversity monitoring; 5-03 Environmental education; 5-05 Research; Environmental Education; Scientific Research; Sustainable Development.

 
Our Networking and Information Sharing Potential
Publications: Periodicals, Books, CDs   Membership to Other bodies and Networks:
Have Library: No   Our membership:
Number of members (organizations): 0
Number of members (individuals): 103
 
Information source: This information is from the members' application form, data update form and the members' website. In few instances, information from the website was shortened. Detailed information can be viewed on the members' website.

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