External event | 16 Nov, 2023

Resilient Pastures for Land Degradation Neutrality in Central Asia / Side Event CRIC 21

A multi-stakeholder regional dialogue among governmental bodies, civil society organizations, academics, and private sector with the aim to collaboratively identify and scale up innovative, sustainable pasture management practices and strategies in Central Asia, thereby contributing to the 3 Rio Conventions, notably UNCCD's overarching goals of land degradation neutrality.

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Central Asia is particularly susceptible to drought, land degradation and desertification due to its arid climate, limited water resources and fragile vegetation cover. Overgrazing, deforestation, changes in land use and improper irrigation methods have led to soil erosion, reduced soil fertility, and the depletion of groundwater resources. Land degradation in Central Asia has multifaceted socio-economic and environmental impacts, affecting livelihoods, food security and ecosystem resilience and unsustainable practices such as overgrazing exacerbate soil erosion and land degradation overall. In economic terms, land degradation costs in Central Asia span from 3% to 11% of GDP with the cost of inaction being five times higher than the cost of action.

This Side Event proposes a constructive, multi-stakeholder dialogue focused on sharing good practice from GEF projects in Central Asia such as the GEF7 Sustainable Forest Management Impact Program on Dryland Sustainable Landscapes (DSL-IP), Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration (FOLUR), and Central Asian Initiative for Land Management-2 (CACILM-2).

By facilitating this collaborative effort, the Side Event aims to fill knowledge gaps, catalyse innovations, promote cross-learning,     collaboration and South-South exchange, and accelerate joint actions toward sustainable pasture management in Central Asia, in alignment with UNCCD objectives, and the above-mentioned initiatives.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of the role of pastures from an ecological, economical, and social perspective.
  • Identify policy gaps, conflicting interests, and administrative hurdles that impede sustainable pasture management.
  • Discuss legislative frameworks, incentives, and governance structures that facilitate sustainable pasture management, including gender mainstreaming-related policies.
  • Discuss existing public and private financing mechanisms and how they can be tailored for sustainable pasture initiatives.
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    Session name and description



    Welcome coffee and registration


    Official opening


    Abduvokhid Zakhadullaev,
    Head of Unit, Ministry of ecology, environmental protection and climate change Republic of Uzbekistan (TBC)

    Chris Magero, Senior programme Officer, IUCN


    The Role and value of Pastures: Ecological, Economical, and Social Perspectives


    Akmal Akramkhanov, Senior Scientist, ICARDA, Uzbekistan

    Dr. Abdulla Rabbimov, MoA's research Institution, CACILM 2


    Q&A session



    Policy and Finance Landscape for Sustainable Pasture Management


    Liubov Timofeeva, NbS Project Officer, IUCN ECARO

    Aziz Nurbekov, FAO Uzbekistan

    Mr. Temirzhanov, Ministry of Agriculture / UNCCD Focal Point, Kazakhstan TBC

    Mrs. Ariuntuya Dorjsuren, Senior specialist of Foreign cooperation department, representing UNCCD Focal Point, Mongolia

    Mr Rysbek Asapov, Ministry of Agriculture/ UNCCD Focal Point a.i., Kyrgyzstan

    TBC Ministry of Environment / UNCCD Focal Point, Uzbekistan

    Chris Magero, Senior Programme Officer, Forests and Grassland Team, IUCN


    Wrap-up and final remarks