Work is underway in Turkmenistan on the fourth edition of the Red Book. For the collection of material in the country, consultations, collection of proposals, scientific and practical activities on certain types of biodiversity have been held for two years, the State Publishing Service of the country reports.
Now the activity of two separate working groups has entered an active phase - on the botanical and zoological lines. One of the last meetings of scientists brought together prominent botanists of the country - Pirli Kepbanov, Eke Atayev, Amanklych Geldyhanov, Guljemal Kurbanmamedova, Akmuhamed Kuliyev, Ogulnabat Rahmanova, of whom the editorial board will soon be formed.
As noted by the participant of such work - Doctor of Biological Sciences, Head of the Department of Botany of the Turkmen State University named after S. Makhtumkuli Amanklych Geldyhanov, scientists at this stage have already supported the decision to include several species in the Red Book, including the stinking ferula, which during flowering in the final year of life is selected from nature for medicinal purposes, as well as Turkmen juniper (or juniper) to preserve the population in their natural habitat - the Kopetdag and Koytendag mountains.
The first edition of the Red Book of Turkmenistan was published in 1985, the second in 1999, and the last edition was in 2011.