Central Asian Desert Initiative (CADI) - Conservation and adaptive use of winter cold deserts in Central Asia
As of: March 2019
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 of the CADI project partners on 09.09.2017 at the COP13 UNCCD in Ordos (Inner Mongolia, China).
- Presentation of CADI and moderated discussion for the establishment of a regional CADI secretariat.
- CADI Fellowship Program: Announcement and subsequent selection of three scholarship holders from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.
- Start of the scholarship program: 01.10.2017.
- Development of a CADI communication strategy by the MSS and launch of the trilingual CADI project homepage, creation of a project flyer as well as dispatch of a first newsletter.
- FAO kick-off workshop about CADI in November 2017 in Tashkent (Uzbekistan).
- Development of a regional strategy for spatial prioritisation of further area nature conservation.
- Development of an exemplary biodiversity monitoring concept for "winter cold desert biomes" in Kazakhstan.