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2015

Establishment of the Nuratau-Kyzylkum Biosphere Reserve as a model for biodiversity conservation – Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan

Titre : Establishment of the Nuratau-Kyzylkum Biosphere Reserve as a model for biodiversity conservation – Uzbekistan

Pays : Uzbekistan
Localisation : Tashkent city and Yangikishlak village of Djizak province

Date 2015 (?)

Objectif
The objective of the project was to develop a new, more durable approach to biodiversity conservation in Uzbekistan by directly linking wildlife conservation with rural development. The project should have resulted in the establishment of the first biosphere reserve in Uzbekistan. Due to political constraints the biosphere has yet to be fully implemented. Nevertheless, many actions during the project period resulted in successful activities.

Activités
The following project activities have been implemented : * The project has prepared all grounds for the legal establishment of the Biosphere Reserve, by determining zoning and boundaries, and preparing all necessary documents. Once officially established, the Biosphere Reserve would add 10,751 km2 to the total protected areas in Uzbekistan, which would significantly increase the total coverage from 20,520 km2 (4.6% of the country) to 31,271 km2 (7%) ; * The new law on protected areas, which the project helped to redraft, was approved by the Parliament and signed by President. It provides the specific legal basis for the future establishment of Biosphere Reserves in the country ; * The project assisted in creation of the legal basis for long term leasing of forestry land to the local population for appropriate forestry use. This “joint management” approach between the local state forestry bodies and local population brings a fundamental change in managing the issue ; * A number of awareness-raising activities, including the establishment of six methodological centers for school teachers and school children, and the informational center to be established in Yangikishlak village ; * The project has undertaken a number of pilot demonstration activities aimed at improving sustainable methods of livelihoods within the area. These include : improved livestock and natural pasture management, joint forest management, and sustainable tourism ;* The project has initiated a new sub-project supported by UNDP and German Development Service (DED) ‘Development of communities and sustainable livelihoods’ aimed at the sustainable use of the nature resources and improving living conditions of the local population.

Mise en œuvre : State Biological Control Service (Gosbiocontrol), a body under the state Committee for Nature Protection

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