Experts from Central Asian countries discussed the conservation and sustainable use of cold winter deserts in Central Asia at the virtually held inception workshop. The workshop was organized by the Interim Regional Central Asian Desert Initiative (CADI) Secretariat, which started its work in Tashkent in 2021. The main objective of the virtual meeting was to ensure the participation of stakeholders and to include their views and comments for the further elaboration of the CADI Secretariat’s plan of work.

The seminar has facilitated the exchange of views and ideas between participants. It was recommended to take measures for the modification of the border zone barriers between countries and to establish cooperation with border services in order to address the impact these barriers have on migrating species. Furthermore, establishing international collaborations with the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS) and Green Central Asia (an initiative of the German Agency for International Cooperation – GIZ) is advised to be included in the Secretariat’s work program. The possibility of setting up the Aral Sea Regional Geopark has also been discussed in the workshop.

Taking into account the specific activities planned in the CADI member countries, a 5-year plan of work for the Secretariat has been developed. The composition of the Interim National CADI Secretariats in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan has been approved as a result of the workshop. Along with this, the registration of the Interim CADI Secretariat as an NGO in Uzbekistan has also been elaborated on.

Press release in Uzbek media:

Economic Bulletin of Uzbekistan

National News Agency of Uzbekistan (UzA)