Central Asian Desert Initiative (CADI) - Conservation and adaptive use of winter cold deserts in Central Asia
As of: January 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
CADI side events of the CADI project partners at the COP13 UNCCD in Ordos (Inner Mongolia, China).
- 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 (www.instagram.com/…) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/…) account.
- FAO kick-off workshop for CADI in November 2017 in Tashkent (Uzbekistan).
- 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/…).
- Presentation of CADI results and goals for the protection of the Central Asian desert forests during the Bonn Challenge in June 2018 in Astana.