New project launched for transboundary environmental cooperation in Central Asia

A new project to strengthen transboundary protected area management and sustainable land use between Central Asian countries started on Monday with an online kick-off workshop.

Using different integrative approaches to biodiversity conservation and sustainable land use, methods will be tested that prepare the ground for long-term cross-country conservation and exchange in Central Asia.

One of the pilot regions of the project is the Zarafshan Valley between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. The Tugai forests along the Zarafshan River are of particular importance for nature conservation due to their special ecological character and biodiversity. A unified monitoring concept will be developed for the valley, the capacities of the existing two protected areas in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan will be strengthened and concepts for transboundary tourism will be developed.

The 1.5-year project is funded by GIZ within the framework of the regional project „Integrated Land Use in Central Asia (ILUCA)“.