Central Asian Desert Initiative (CADI) - Conservation and adaptive use of winter cold deserts in Central Asia - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)
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Central Asian Desert Initiative (CADI) - Conservation and adaptive use of winter cold deserts in Central Asia

As of: June 2020

Objective and activities

Central Asian cold winter deserts are among the least protected biomes worldwide. Due to their unique biological diversity and importance as migration space, they provide a huge range of ecosystem services, including the provision of pasture. These habitats and species are highly endangered by human made desertification processes, causing negative impacts for human life and prosperity in the whole region. The project supports partner institutions in the target countries with a sustainable land use planning with inclusion of the local population as well as a new setup of protected areas and world heritage sites. The project connects key actors through policy advice, scientific cooperation, trainings and the initiation of a regional desert initiative (CADI, Central Asian Desert Initiative), raises awareness for the importance of ecosystems and supports the affected partner countries with the implementation of their international commitments (CBD, UNFCCC).

State of implementation/results

  • Publication of a report on the Ustyurt expeditions to Kazakhstan from 2017-2019 (cadi.uni-greifswald.de/…)
  • CADI Fellowship Program: Support of six scholarship holders from Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Uzbekistan. Development and implementation of a CADI communication strategy by MSS, online publishing of the trilingual CADI project homepage, creation of a project flyer, semi-annual mailing of a CADI newsletter as well as creation of a CADI Instagram account (www.instagram.com/…) and Facebook account (www.facebook.com/…) .
  • Development of a regional strategy for the spatial prioritization of further nature conservation areas.
  • Development of an exemplary biodiversity monitoring concept for the biom "winter cold deserts" in Kazakhstan.
  • Biodiversity expeditions to the southern Ustyurt plateau in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
  • Implementation of IPBES workshops in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
  • Publication of results of CADI biodiversity expeditions to the Ustyurt Plateau in Uzbekistan: The Caracal Caracal caracal Schreber, 1776 (Mammalia: Carnivora: Felidae) in Uzbekistan, author Mariya Gritsina. (threatenedtaxa.org/…).
  • Media: --Video-Clips reporting on the deserts of Central Asian (YouTube chanals „Vse Kak U Zverei“):
  • Article in the Journal „Golden Age“ as part of the UNESCO World Heritage nomination process (turkmenistan.gov.tm/…)

Project data

China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Implementing organisation:
Universität Greifswald / University of Greifswald

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Agriculture - Kazakhstan
  • State Committee of Turkmenistan for Environmental Protection and Land Resources / Staatliches Komitee von Turkmenistan für Umweltschutz und Landressourcen
  • State Committee on Forestry of the Republic of Uzbekistan / Staatliches Komitee für Forstwesen der Republik Usbekistan
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Subregional Office for Central Asia (Turkey)
  • Michael Succow Foundation / Michael Succow Stiftung

BMU grant:
3.778.468,00 €

07/2016  till  12/2021


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