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The film crew of the YouTube channel „Vse Kak U Zverei“ has released a new video clip: „Aral See: Is there life after death?“. This new edition will focus on one of the biggest human-made environmental disasters, the Aral Sea’s disappearance. The reasons for this, the consequences and effects of the drying up of the lake, and current developments are presented.

Check out the video here.

The Michael Succow Foundation within the CADI project enabled expeditions to the deserts.

Capacity building in Uzbekistan has been implemented via the Farmers’ Field Schools (FFS) concept developed by FAO. On two pilot sites in Uzbekistan, the FAO project team conducted a series of FFS sessions on improved crop production. The workshops’ objective was to improve nutritional security and increase the rural farmers’ income living under harsh climatic conditions of cold winter desert through enhanced capacity.

135 participants – representatives of the district khokimiyats (administrative office), village councils, the mahalla and women’s committees, farmers, specialists and scientists, and media representatives – took part in the workshops.

The participants obtained information about practices on the cultivation of improved varieties of vegetable crops. The interactive training sessions allowed the participants to learn about cultivating vegetable crops to obtain high yields. Besides technical presentations, information booklets and brochures on vegetable production technology and 18 sets of vegetable seeds were distributed.

The State Nature Reserve Barsakelmes has won a National Award “Elim-Ai” as the Best Nature Reserve of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The CADI team is happy to congratulate its faithful partner on this achievement!

Within the CADI project, we provided support for the improvement of management, including an adaptation of management plans, monitoring, training for protected area staff, and investment in the Barsakelmes Nature Reserve’s equipment.

Uzbekistan – a country with a large history and an even larger variety of animals! Georg Schnipper, zoologist, and blogger, documented this in his new film. In 2019 George Schnipper accompanied the team of the YouTube channel “Vse Kak U Zverei” for filming in the Central Asian deserts and returned with fascinating material about the country, the daily expedition routine and the living fauna of the deserts:

Check out the film here

The Michael Succow Foundation within the CADI project enabled expeditions to the deserts.

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On March 14, 2019, the CADI photo contest “Desert in Focus” was announced.
With the photo contest, the CADI-project wanted to attract attention to the aesthetic values of the cold winter desert, its use, threats, and protection.
Pictures were submitted from March 14 till October 14, 2019.
We received a lot of interesting photos and we thank everyone for taking part in our photo contest!

Winners in the nomination „Nature of desert“ are:

Irina Bayramukova ”Saxaul” – 3

Alexandr Pavlenko ”Ancient Uzboy” – 2

Vyacheslav Yusupov ”Archimedean spiral” – 1


Winners in the nomination „Desert and human“:

Almas Dghaksylykov ”No longer needed” – 3

Mark Pestov ”Food is served” – 2

Ernest Kurtveliyev ”Ayaz-Kala” – 1


Winners’ photos you will find in our media gallery

At the start of November 2019, training about the monitoring of desert biodiversity was carried out in the Complex (landscape) Reserve Saygachy (Uzbekistan). This training focused, among other things, on the rules of using camera traps and methods of counting wildlife.

A special monitoring concept for temperate deserts has been developed within the CADI-Project, including specific routes for the Landscape Saygachy.

During the monitoring, the participants were able to take a photo of a new species for Uzbekistan – an ordinary blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus). This species, which is usual for Europe, has never been registered in Uzbekistan before. Other species that are rare in this country, such as the common bullfinch, long-tailed rosefinch, long-tailed tit, redwing, and pintail, were also seen. These findings emphasize the value of desert ecosystems of Central Asia for the lives of various representatives of flora and fauna.

Employees of the Complex (landscape) Reserve Saygachy and the Kungrad State Forestry Hunting Organization participated in the training.

Fifteen migratory mammal species are subject of concern under the Central Asian Mammal Initiative (CAMI). Another three have been proposed to be included to the list additionally, namely the Urial, Persian Leopard, and Gobi Bear. This was a decision taken at the 2nd Range State Meeting of the CAMI member states under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 26-28 September 2019. Most of the species are IUCN red-listed and threatened by multiple harms, such as poaching, cutting off migration routes due to linear infrastructure development or competition for habitats with livestock.

To counteract these harms an action plan 2020-2026 for each species has been elaborated by experts and CAMI state parties in Mongolia. The action plan is planned to be adopted and to enter into force at the next Conference of the Parties (COP 13) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in February 2020 in India.

Te meeting in Mongolia has been jointly organized by the CMS Secretariat, the Government of Mongolia, the International Academy for Nature Conservation of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN INA) as well as the Michael Succow Foundation, under the Central Asian Desert Initiative (CADI) with funding from the German Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

In Tashkent, a new Interim Regional Secretariat on deserts will be established. This is the result of a CADI Regional Workshop held by the FAO in Tashkent on 22-23 October with representatives from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The Secretariat aims to preserve the biodiversity and ecosystem services of the temperate deserts in Central Asia.

For an interim period, the Regional Secretariat will receive financial and administrative support through the CADI project and the State Committee on Forestry of the Republic of Uzbekistan. A Steering Committee as a decision-making body will be linked to the Regional Secretariat, as well as National Secretariats in the participating countries Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The aim is to turn the interim secretariat into a broadly accepted and effective structure that is permanently anchored in the region and will continue the Central Asian Desert Initiative (CADI) beyond the end of CADI project.

In a Tashkent Declaration, the participants agreed on the future mandate of the Secretariat and the framework of a preliminary Programme of Work (PoW).

Article about the workshop (in Russian) in