US conservation group to control wildlife in Afghanistan

The program by the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society or WCS, will consider establishing reserves in five areas, including the Pamir-I-Buzurg, Little Pamir, and the Waghjir Valley, all located in the mountainous far northeastern handle of the country, and Bande Amir and Ajar Valley, located in the central plateau region.

The project will include a three-year biodiversity project to review government environmental policies, develop a database of existing wildlife populations and set up a wildlife monitoring program, the WCS said in a statement.

The project will be funded by the United States Agency for International Development and conducted in partnership with the government of Afghanistan, the statement said.

Afghanistan's natural landscape is dominated by the Hindu Kush mountain range and the Pamir Knot, a region where the Hindu Kush, Karakoram, Tien Shan, and Himalayan ranges come together to form some of the greatest mountains in the world, the AP reports.