The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has been implementing a conservation program in Afghanistan for the last decade. In 2006 WCS received funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for a comprehensive project entitled. "Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resource Management" in Afghanistan. In 2010, USAID funded a four-year follow-on project entitled, "Improving Livelihoods and Governance through Natural Resource Management in Afghanistan." Currently UNDP-GEF is funding WCS to execute a five-year program on “Establishing Integrated Models for Protected Areas and their Co-Management in Afghanistan.”
The goal of the WCS Afghanistan Program is to enhance rural livelihoods by improving management and protection of the scarce and valuable natural resources, with a particular emphasis on preserving Afghanistan’s unique biological diversity. Our work is focused in the provinces of Bamyan and Badakhshan, with a national capacity-building component in Kabul. With over 50 full-time staff, WCS has helped design and create Afghanistan’s first two protected areas, Band-e-Amir National Park (2009) and Wakhan National Park (2014), and works with all communities in these areas and the government to build capacity to manage the parks and associated landscapes, along with the wildlife and rangelands.