The Interim Regional CADI Secretariat’s new coordinator and assistant coordinator have started working in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The Secretariat is expected to keep the momentum of project interventions in the member countries directed to biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems in cold winter desert areas. The CADI project will be backstopping initial activities foreseen within the Interim Regional CADI Secretariat in 2021.

Among the team’s immediate tasks are reaching an agreement on the composition of the National CADI Secretariats in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as developing a five-year Plan of Work for the Interim Regional CADI Secretariat.

The basis for the Secretariat was laid during a Regional Workshop in Tashkent in 2019. Here, participants from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan expressed their strong commitment to establishing an Interim Regional CADI Secretariat, which was expressed in the Tashkent Declaration.