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.
Program experts help test new management approaches at the local level, and to scale up the results at the national level. The best practical experience is available for representatives of administrative bodies and state institutions as part of regional knowledge exchange. New sustainable forest management methods that take into account local needs are developed jointly with the population and local authorities. At the national level, we assist partner ministries in adapting new methods and support the related reforms.
The Regional Program of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH strives to support 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.
In Uzbekistan, joint forest management approaches are piloted on three demonstration plots of Bobotog forestry enterprise, Surkhandarya region, planted with pistachio trees. Read more about piloting here.
Through GIZ support, leskhoz employees and local residents in Kashkadarya, Samarkand and Surkhandarya regions have increased their knowledge on joint forest management. Two pilot leskhozes have tested effective land management methods on the newly created mixed plantations of sea buckthorn and wild rose, which can be an additional source of income for local residents.