Sustainable regeneration of alluvial forests in Gorno-Badkhshan
As of: October 2020
Objective and activities
The project aimed to enable the population, the forest authority of the State Land-Use Committee and the forest administration (GBAO) to restore and make sustainable use of the alluvial forests in the region. The project partners jointly elaborated management plans involving forest users and the forest authority. Furthermore, the long-term leasing of forest areas increased the interest of forest users in their restoration. Initial funding was provided where necessary to support the implementation of the plans. The project also advised the forest authority on its restructuring into an effective advisory service for forest leaseholders and a functioning regulatory body. At the same time, it contributed to the reform of the national forest legislation.
State of implementation/results
- Project completed.
- Around 2,000 hectares of degraded forest across three districts restored, using the Joint Forest Management (JFM) approach
- Foundations put in place for appropriate, sustainable forest management in alluvial forests: establishment of a forest geoinformation system (GIS) for the districts concerned; establishment of a documentation system for contracts, management plans, annual plans, technical investments and monitoring data; support provided to the Joint Forestry Management Council; production of JFM training curricula on silvicultural techniques
- Assistance provided to the reform of the Soviet-era Forests Act; JFM established as a forest management approach in the new Forests Act; Act adopted
- Support provided for the restructuring of the GBAO forest authority: advice provided to the authority on its reorientation towards becoming a financially autonomous body that promotes forest development and sustainable forest use
- Experience disseminated throughout the country; cross-boundary exchange of experience on sustainable forest management within the existing Central Asian Countries Initiative for Land Management (CACILM) network