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.

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Agenda: Regional Workshop of the Regional CADI Secretariat

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).

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