Making land use in Central Asia more sustainable

Project description

Title: Regional Programme for Integrative and Climate-sensitive Land Use in Central Asia
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)​​​​​​​
Country: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
Lead executing agency: Kyrgyzstan: State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry; Kazakhstan: Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources; Tajikistan: Committee for Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan; Turkmenistan: State Environmental Committee; Uzbekistan: State Committee on Forestry
Gesamtlaufzeit: 2021 to 2024

Harvest of fruit trees on rocky ground of piloting territory in Issyk Kul region, Kyrgyzstan.


The drylands and high mountains of Central Asia are home to diverse ecosystems. However, natural resources such as forests, pastures and water bodies are increasingly overused. Climate change further weakens ecosystems, exacerbates the decline of natural resources and damages productive infrastructure.

In response to this, the Central Asian countries have laid the foundations for sustainable and climate-sensitive use of natural resources in recent years. Progressive laws for environmental protection and the use of natural resources have been passed.

The national laws and strategies must now be implemented in the individual provinces. In addition to this, better regional and cross-border cooperation is needed to enable the long-term and climate-friendly development of the region.

Training on Climate Finance for sector experts and government partners in Tajikistan


Land use in Central Asia is more sustainable.


The project supports partner institutions in improving the management of forests and pastures in communities, developing policy concepts and implementing measures uniformly in the individual regions.

The project also provides assistance to national and regional working groups in revising and implementing existing policies, strategies and laws. The project advises, moderates and mediates on relevant special topics, carries out training and implements measures.

These activities include:

  • Improving the framework conditions so that municipalities and countries can more easily implement policies, strategies and laws on integrative land use.
  • Testing new concepts and implementing them in individual municipalities.
  • Promoting the exchange of experiences and best practices in the region, for example through specialised networks and inter-ministerial working groups.
  • Providing leadership coaching, technical training and skill building.
Local forest user on the training on grafting techniques of pistachio trees, Surkhandarya region, Uzbekistan.

Last update: August 2022

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