Meeting of the working group with national stakeholders to consider a draft Law on Pastures (Ashgabat, 10 March 2015)
According to the classification of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), all Central Asian countries have little forest land. Moreover, the existing forests are mostly degraded or undergoing intensive felling. Deforestation affects the living conditions of people and wildlife and threatens the stability and equilibrium of the region’s ecosystem. Thus, the integrated protection, conservation and sustainable use of forest resources is crucial, especially in the context of climate change.
We strive to support our government and local partners in all five countries of Central Asia in amending laws and regulations, and reforming relevant government agencies and other organizations of the forestry sector. Our work is based on the principles of sustainable development aimed at environmental stability and long-term socially equitable economic benefits.
To promote sustainable land use in Turkmenistan, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been successfully collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment Protection and its departments. One of the main areas at the national level is assistance in promoting sustainable pasture management and improving pasture and forest legislation. Specifically, GIZ has contributed to the development of the Law on Pastures and the Forest Code. Also, together with international and national experts, GIZ Program was involved in developing of relevant regulations which are currently under approval by the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment Protection.