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Central Asian Desert Initiative (CADI) – conserving winter-cold deserts in Central Asia and adapting their uses

As of: March 2021

The winter-cold deserts of Central Asia are important migration areas for birds and for the last wild ungulate herds of the north, which include the rare Saiga antelopes. The grazing grounds in these areas are also an important basis for the livelihoods of the local human populations. In addition, these unique natural regions absorb large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere and slow down the ongoing process of desertification. The project helps the partner institutions with sustainable land use planning that involves the region’s populations, and also supports the establishment of protected areas and world natural heritage sites. It networks key stakeholders and supports the partner countries in implementing their international CBD and UNFCCC obligations. This is carried out by means of policy advice, scientific cooperation, training measures and the introduction of the regional desert initiative “CADI” – the Central Asian Desert Initiative.

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

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Agriculture - Kazakhstan
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection - Turkmenistan
  • State Committee on Forestry of the Republic of Uzbekistan / Staatliches Komitee für Forstwesen der Republik Usbekistan - Usbekistan

Implementing partner(s):
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) - Uzbekistan
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Subregional Office for Central Asia - Türkei
  • Michael-Succow-Foundation / Michael Succow Stiftung

BMU grant:
3.778.468,00 €

07/2016  till  12/2021


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