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At the 26th UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, the Michael Succow Foundation presents the CADI project as part of a side event on “Climate change and biodiversity in Uzbekistan.”

The side event will present various projects and strategies to address the challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss in Uzbekistan, one of the CADI project’s target countries.

The program of the side event is available here.

The side event will take place on November 8, 3:30 pm-4:30 pm (London time), as a hybrid event (Central Asian Pavilion, PV78 Blue Zone, and Zoom). Dial-in details can be found here.

On the 26th of October 2021, within the CADI project, in collaboration with FAO Uzbekistan, a workshop on income-generating activities for rural women of Bukhara and Navoi provinces took place.

The workshop’s main aim is to engage women in alternative income-generating activities to improve their families’ livelihoods, reducing their dependence on grazing and other agricultural activities in cold winter deserts.

During three days of the workshop, women also learned sewing skills, national embroidery, and making wool blankets. The participants combined national flavor and modern fashion trends and made pillowcases, chapans, jackets, bags, and blankets during practical classes.

The workshop was attended by residents of the village Chuya of Nurata district of Navoi province and the village Durman of Karakul district of Bukhara province, 57 women. Experts conducted the classes in embroidery and traditional crafts. One of them is Matlyuba Bazarova, Vice–President of the Central Asian Crafts Support Association.

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.

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.

On 15-16 January 2019, a CADI workshop, dedicated to the determination of target parameters for the assessment of ecosystems of cold winter deserts, took place in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). The workshop was organized by the FAO Country Office in Tashkent in close cooperation with the State Committee on Forestry of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The outcome of the workshop was the definition of the next steps to conduct an integrated inventory of deserts using GIS technology and the satellite-based tool Collect Earth. This tool allows a real-time inventory of land, mapping of various natural and socio-economic objects and the creation of a database for the planning of further activities towards sustainable use of cold winter deserts of Uzbekistan.

Members of the FAO Country Office in Tashkent, representatives of the State Forestry Committee, the Committee of Soil Resources, Geodesy, Cartography and State Cadastre of the Republic of Uzbekistan, scientific staff of the Samarkand Institute of Karakul Sheep Breeding and Desert Ecology, representatives of pilot sites in Bukhara and Navoi provinces; scientists from Karakul and Nurata as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations in Uzbekistan took part at the CADI-Workshop.

FAO project team in Uzbekistan collected locally available best practices from the two selected CADI project pilot sites. The sites are located in Durmon village (Karakol district, Bukhara province) and Chuya village (Nurota district, Navoi province).

One of the best smallholders’ practices observed in Chuya village was the establishment of cold greenhouses by locating the cultivated plot level under the ground line. This method allows using the geothermal warmth from the surrounding soil to maintain the greenhouse temperature that is sufficient for growing horticultural crops or lemons. Such models of greenhouses not only reduce the costs, but they also help not to contribute to greenhouse gas emissions by refraining from heating the greenhouses by firewood, coal or gas.

Within the CADI project, similar approaches will be used for planned investments to reduce the pressure on ecosystems and sustain resource use in cold winter deserts.