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.