The project agreement for the implementation of CADI in Turkmenistan has been signed on 20 August between the State Committee of Turkmenistan for Environmental Protection and Land Resources and the Michael Succow Foundation. The signing was preceded by about 1.5 years of preparatory work.

The agreement represents the latest step in the long-standing, fruitful cooperation between the two partners on a range of projects on nature conservation and resource management in Turkmenistan under a Memorandum of Understanding.

CADI intends to implement a broad work package that aims to preserve the biodiversity and ecosystem services of cold winter deserts in Turkmenistan. One of the main tasks is to prepare a nomination document for the inscription of the protected areas Repetek and Bereketli Garagum into the list of World Natural Heritage sites. In addition, within CADI scientific-technical justifications for the establishment, extension or IUCN status adjustment of a protected area in Turkmenistan will be prepared.

The activities in Turkmenistan are jointly implemented by the National Institute of Deserts, Flora and Fauna (NIDFF) in Ashgabat and the Michael Succow Foundation.