Projects - International Climate Initiative (IKI)

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As of: July 2016

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

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).



Project data

China, Iran, Islamic Republic of, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Partner institution:

Michael Succow Foundation

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Implementing organisation:

Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald

BMUB grant:
€ 3,280,963

07/2016 till 12/2019


Fact sheet:
Central Asian Desert Initiative (CADI)

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