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Achieving Ecosystem Stability on degraded land in Karakalpakstan and the Kyzylkum Desert


Titre : Uzbekistan’s Kyzylkum Regions

Pays : Uzbekistan

Date/Durée : 15-Fév-2008 // 30-Mar-2013

Land degradation has a devastating impact on rural communities in the far-west region of Uzbekistan, resulting in poor-quality soil and salinization, and leading to a range of negative impacts including a loss of agricultural productivity, and damage to infrastructure. UNDP in Uzbekistan has joined GEF and the Government of Uzbekistan in overcoming these problems within targeted regions

Due to its geographical and climatic characteristics, Uzbekistan is particularly vulnerable to land degradation. This is especially the case in the nation’s arid regions, which include 2.3 million hectares in the Bukhara region and 4.5 million hectares in the Karakalpakstan region. Land degradation in these areas has been a result of low-efficiency irrigation systems and practices, and extensive agriculture, deforestation, overgrazing and wind erosion. This degradation has been manifested in a reduction of soil productivity, and in an increase in salinization and desertification. Loose sand blown by wind impacts the health and well-being of local residents, reduces agricultural productivity, damages roads and other infrastructure, contaminates water resources, and worsens environmental pollution. This joint project works to reverse desertification and its negative impacts in the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan and the Kyzylkum Desert, by encouraging ecosystem sustainability.

This project’s goal is to achieve ecosystem stability on degraded lands in Karakalapakstan and the Kyzylkum Desert in Uzbekistan. This goal will be achieved through the sustainable prevention of desertification and the use of carbon sequestration, an enhancement of biodiversity habitats, and the achievement of public health and socio-economic improvements. The project will also evaluate and promote innovative solutions to the problems of land degradation, particularly that of sand movement.

Informations financières
GEF Grant : 950,000.00 USD
UNDP : 200,000.00 USD
Government (in-kind) : 1,637,000.00 USD
Project Cost : 2,787,000.00 USD


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