Since 2009, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Program has been supporting knowledge exchange on sustainable land management both between different sectors and at different levels, including local, national and regional.
One of the important steps was the creation of the Regional Environmental Expert Network of Central Asia (GREEN Central Asia), which brings together organizations and independent experts from various sectors. GREEN CA aims to strengthen communication between specialists and their involvement in the development of various development projects and strategic planning processes in the Central Asian region. Their expertise helps implementing sustainable use of natural resources and the ideas of a green economy and low carbon development. The main element of the network is a consortium between Karaganda Ecological Museum and the NGO CAMP Alatoo (Kyrgyzstan).
Meeting of the Regional Pasture Network of Central Asia
In 2017, the Central Asian Regional Pasture Network became part of GREEN CA, created to facilitate the exchange of experience and knowledge in the field of pasture management in the region, China and Mongolia. The work of the Network contributes to the dissemination of successful models and approaches in all countries, as it includes both individual practitioners and representatives of organizations and projects. Specifically, in August 2014, the Program supported a study tour to Kyrgyzstan for representatives of government agencies and non-governmental organizations from Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. During the study tour, participants learned about the pasture management experience of Kyrgyzstan and developed joint recommendations for improvement in all three countries.
Forestry sector representatives of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan shared their experiences on joint forest management in southern Kyrgyzstan (21-28 June 2015)
Practitioners’ Conference on Advancement of Sustainable Pasture Management in Central Asia (Bishkek, 17-19 November 2014)
In 2014, Bishkek hosted the Practitioners’ Conference on Advancement of Sustainable Pasture Management in Central Asia. The purpose of this event for politicians and practitioners from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and international experts was to exchange experience and knowledge and join efforts to promote reforms in the pasture sector. Representatives of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan had the opportunity to learn about international experience and the experience of their Kyrgyz and Tajik colleagues.
Conference participants were provided with innovative tools and approaches to managing grazing lands, as well as proven mechanisms and processes. The program of the event included a field visit to one of the pasture committees in Chui oblast.
Some of the Important outcomes of the conference were the exchange of experience and knowledge, discussion of further actions and documentation of best practices and approaches. In addition to that, the results of the conference, an overview of the situation in the countries of the Central Asian region, analysis, comments and recommendations were included in the brochure “Sustainable Pasture Management in Central Asia”.
Field visits in Central Asia and study tours abroad help the exchange of experience and continuous training of practitioners and decision makers. In particular, at the end of January 2017, the Program organized a visit of the State Complex delegation to the Republic of Turkey was to study the experience of pistachio growing. This resulted in a memorandum of understanding between the forest departments of the Republic of Uzbekistan and Turkey. Also, a specialist in pistachio growing from the Turkish Institute of Pistachio Growing was invited to conduct a training workshop on methods for caring for pistachio forests in the Surkhandarya region.
In 2017, together with the program of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the Program organized a study tour of the Uzbek delegation to the Republic of Korea on the cultivation, collection and processing of medicinal. Representatives of various Uzbek departments, ministries, and farming associations also traveled to Bishkek to learn about pasture management practices. The study tour was organized by the Program with the support of the UNDP land management project.