Results of work package I
Implementation of a CADI fellowship program for senior researchers from Central Asia
Start of CADI Fellowship for desert scientists
The first Call for Applications for CADI Fellowship of the period of 2017-2018 was completed in July 2017. Among a high number of applications, three post-graduate senior scientists from Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Uzbekistan were chosen.
Within the 12-month period of the programme, the young fellows will carry out a work on a subject of their own choice according to the overall CADI goal – the conservation and sustainable use of cold winter deserts in Central Asia.
CADI Fellowship started on October 1, 2017. The programme includes a study visit to Greifswald (Germany).
The next call for CADI Fellowship will be announced in 2018.
Further information about CADI Fellowship you can find here.
Preparation of a spatial analysis of conservation potential in cold winter deserts of Central Asia
Development of an exemplary biodiversity monitoring concept for temperate desert biomes
Ecological monitoring of wetlands in the Syrdarya river basin and the North Aral Sea in Kazakhstan
Wetlands are vitally important ecosystems for the entire surrounding region, including temperate deserts. In the period of 14-20 October 2017, several field trips were undertaken in the Aral Sea basin of the Kyzylorda region in Kazakhstan. The main purpose of these was to provide an assessment of a current biodiversity situation of the wetlands within the Syrdarya river basin according to Ramsar Convention (2014) as well as a guidance formulation for sustainable development of ecosystems. The expedition included experts from different backgrounds, like a botanist (ecosystems specialist), a hydrobiologist, an entomologist, an ornithologist as well as other specialists from “Barsa-Kelmes” Nature Reserve. During the field trips several studies were conducted on the territory of the emerging Syrdarya river delta, the North Aral Sea area, coastal strip and on the following sites included into the Ramsar List (The List of Wetlands of International Importance): a left-bank territory of the Bayan and Kartma lakes, a right-bank territory of the Karashalan and Sarteren lakes, Kymystybas territory (Kymystybas, Raym and Jalanashkol lake) as well as Akshatau territory (Akshatau, Karakol and Shomishkol lakes).
Ecological monitoring takes place regularly in this region since 2011 with a purpose to identify trends in ecosystems development. Obtained data are required to make recommendations for sustainable ecosystem development of the region. The full report on the state of ecosystems and biodiversity status of wetlands under the Ramsar Convention belonging to the Syrdarya river delta and the North Aral Sea will be published in 2018.