The Western/Central Asian Site Network for Siberian Cranes and Other Waterbirds (WCASN) was formally launched on 18 May 2007, in a special signing ceremony held during the Sixth Meeting of the Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on Conservation Measures for the Siberian Crane, in Kazakhstan.
The WCASN focuses conservation efforts on sites of international importance for the Siberian Crane along its West and Central Asian flyways. To date sites have been designated in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Russian Federation (western Siberia), Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The WCASN goal is to ensure the long-term conservation of the Siberian Crane and other migratory waterbirds along the Western and Central Asian Flyways through recognition and appropriate management of a network of internationally important sites. The long term goal for the WCASN is to be part of the larger Central Asian Flyway (CAF) initiative to establish a site newtork to protect all migratory waterbirds in this region.
WCASN Fact Sheet (general information) [PDF 216 KB]