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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Since 2019, Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK) and the Institute of Zoology have been collecting data on animal deaths and, based on this data, preparing appeals to state agencies for appropriate action. From May 13 to 15, 2022, another trench survey was conducted in Turkestan Oblast.

Farmers dig trenches up to 2.2 meters deep to fence off farmland, and they become death traps for reptiles – turtles, lizards, snakes – as well as some domestic animals. In the summer of 2021, after a number of appeals and publications, the Akimat of the region began to solve the problem, orders were given to eliminate the trenches. The regional Land Inspectorate conducted an inventory and found that 216 land users in 17 districts used the trenches. Farmers were held administratively liable administrative penalties and part of the trenches were buried by themselves.

Some of the trenches are still not eliminated and exist since 2019, and one of the longest, 35 kilometers, is on the border of Keles and Saryagash districts. This May, 113 reptiles were rescued in a 4 kilometer stretch of this trench. Last May, about 250 animals were rescued from a 7 kilometer stretch of the same trench.

Given the total length of this trench, the ACBK estimates that up to 1,000 reptiles die in it each year from dehydration and exhaustion or rain flooding, not counting the huge number of invertebrate animals.


The 9th CADI Newsletter is available! Here we keep you informed about the ongoing activities and results of our project.

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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.