The 10th and last CADI Newsletter is available!
The CADI project ends this July. In the 6 years of CADI, we have implemented a huge package of measures for the conservation and sustainable use of the cold winter deserts in our main target countries Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.
Among the many outcomes of the project are the establishment of new protected areas, the nomination of the Cold Winter Deserts of Turan as a World Heritage Site, the establishment of Farmer Field Schools to strengthen the capacities of farmers for a sustainable use of deserts, the support of young scientists within the CADI Fellowship programme, or the generation of many new baseline data and knowledge about the vulnerable and endangered ecosystem of cold winter deserts.
We would like to thank all partners, supporters and friends of the project for your engagement, interest and incredible efforts over the past six years in implementing this important project, even in such difficult times as during the pandemic. A special thanks to the International Climate Initiative (IKI) for their support over many years.
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On June 9, 2022, the Regional CADI Secretariat held a Regional Workshop in Tashkent within the framework of the CADI (Central Asian Desert Initiative) project. It was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the State Forestry Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan in cooperation with the University of Greifswald (Germany) and the Michael Succow Foundation.
Representatives of international organizations, development agencies, national partner ministries and members of the National CADI Secretariats from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated in this event. The regional workshop helped to discuss a status as NGO, organizational structure and statutory document of the Regional CADI Secretariat; finetune its Program of Work; and explore resource mobilization opportunities for the Regional CADI Secretariat.
Abduvohid Zakhadullayev, head of the department of international relations and ecotourism development of the State Committee on Forestry of the Republic of Uzbekistan, noted the successful work of the project and expressed hope that the future work of the Regional Secretariat will contribute to the implementation of the UN Conventions adopted in Rio de Janeiro in 2012 – Convention to Combat Desertification, Convention on Biological Diversity and the Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Temurbek Reymov, Coordinator of Interim Regional CADI Secretariat, said that the CADI Regional Secretariat is expected to be a successor of all CADI activities in Central Asia and noted that the Secretariat is open to other countries wishing to support the initiative to conserve unique ecosystems of global significance.
On 28 January 2022, the States Parties Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan submitted their documents for the nomination of the Cold Winter Deserts of Turan as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.
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:
The Michael Succow Foundation within the CADI project enabled expeditions to the deserts.
With the photo contest starting today the CADI-project wants to attract attention to the aesthetic values of the cold winter desert, its use, threats, and protection.
The cold winter (also temperate) deserts, spreading from northern Iran across Central Asia to Mongolia, are an important migration area for birds and the last wild herds of ungulates. The enormous land masses deliver a broad range of ecosystem services. Also, for people living here for several generations, deserts have an important role.
Show us how important deserts are for you by entering the competition!
You can submit photos in two nominations:
- Nature of desert
- Desert and human
Timeline from March 14 till October 14, 2019
Checklist for entrants:
- I’m of legal age.
- Photos I want to submit were taken in cold-winter deserts of China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan.
- Find more about terms and conditions.
- Fill in the entry form.