Small Grants Programme
In 2007 the SCA initiated a pioneering Small Grants Programme. This competition aims to build capacity at the grassroots level by enabling individuals to apply for a grant for a one-year project on saiga conservation. The Small Grants Programme is open to anyone with a good idea, and it has produced some excellent results.
The Small Grants Programme is a very cost-effective way of catalysing conservation action where it is needed throughout the saiga’s range, and of helping to build capacity among local conservationists. It has an accessible application procedure, with short proposals which can be submitted in either Russian or English, meaning it is open to groups who would not normally be able to apply for an international grant. Each project leader is mentored by a member of the SCA Steering Committee, to ensure that project progress is monitored and support given where necessary.
2014: Kindly funded by the USFWS
Mr Adgishev, Russia. ‘The organisation and carrying out Buddhist prayer and lectures for the people living in saiga area’.
Buuveibaatar Bayarbaatar. Mongolia. ‘Population abundance and factors influencing the distribution of saiga antelope in Mongolia’.
Vladimir Kalmykov, Russia. ‘Saiga monitoring in Stepnoi reserve, North West Pre-Caspian region’.
2011: Kindly funded by the USFWS
Nostaeva Viktoria Aleksandrovna (Russia) “Creation of a mobile wide-frame information stand about the saiga and delivering lectures for the ecological education of schoolchildren in the Republic of Kalmykia”.
Pavel Amosov (Russia) “Saiga status and its conservation during migration in the vicinity of the Baskunchak lake”
Gunbat Gundensambuu and Buuveibaatar Bayarbaatar (Mongolia) “Food habits and overlaps between livestock and Mongolian saiga”
Fenglian Li (China) “Saiga trade market monitoring, outreach campaign and law enforcement support for TCM in Guangzhou, China”
Aizada Nurumbetova (Uzbekistan) “Training of women in skills of workmanship and needlework to develop alternative livelihood sources on the Ustiurt Plateau, Uzbekistan”
Anatoly Khludnev, Steppnoi Reserve, Russia – for continuation of his highly effective anti-poaching and public engagement activities.
Artur Nuridjanov, State Hunting Inspectors, Uzbekistan – for monitoring and conservation of a small resident saiga population just discovered on an island (now peninsula) of the Aral Sea, which until last year was closed as a military research facility and is now under extreme pressure from poaching and habitat destruction by oil workers.
Vera Voronova, Karaganda Ecomuseum, Kazakhstan – for public engagement and saiga information displays in the local museum within a key part of the saiga’s range.
Guihong Zhang, WCS China – for a trade survey and awareness campaign focused on saiga horn use in Guangzhou city, a key centre for the saiga horn trade in China.
Alexander Grachev (Kazakhstan), who will be carrying out research on the population structure and reproduction of the Ural saiga population.
Tatiana Karimov (Russia), Using of non-ivasive method for studying saiga feeding
Makset Kosbergenov (Uzbekistan). The grant will help to improve the capacity of the Special Amu Darya Inspectors, who are carrying out crucial anti-poaching work in north-western Uzbekistan.