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

As of: October 2018

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

  • CADI side event on September 09, 2017 during COP 13 UNCCD in Ordos (Innner Mongolia, China); presentation of CADI and moderated discussion about the establishment of a regional CADI Secretariat.
  • CADI Fellowship Programme: Public call and subsequent selection of three scholarship holders from Usbekistan, Kasachstan and Mongolia. Start 01 October 2017
  • CADI Project homepage is online

Project data

China, Iran, Kazakhstan, 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:
€ 3,280,963

07/2016 till 12/2019


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