CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF LAND RESOURCES AND HIGH NATURE VALUE ECOSYSTEMS IN THE ARAL SEA BASIN FOR MULTIPLE BENEFITS

The objective of the project is to promote land degradation neutrality, restore and improve the use of land and water resources in Turkmenistan’s Amudarya watershed to enhance the sustainability and resilience of livelihoods and globally significant ecosystems. This will be achieved through a multifocal strategy, that includes three interrelated outcomes that will support the government’s efforts to prioritize policies and technical capacities to address desertification and biodiversity loss and deliver multiple Global Environmental Benefits (GEBs).

The GEF investment will promote non-depleting farming and at the same time effective conservation of critical ecosystem services, through a no-net-loss approach to the land-based natural capital, within the context of supporting sustainable livelihoods for local resource users.

Narine Sahakyan, UNDP Resident Representative in Turkmenistan

“The Aral Sea, once the fourth largest inland sea in the world, has been gradually disappearing over the last six decades, causing water and food insecurity, impacting people’s health in the countries of Aral Sea basin and affecting regions’ climate. Together with the GEF and our national partners we aim to build resilience of selected pilot regions of Turkmenistan to the environmental and socio-economic consequences of the Aral Sea crisis”.

The expected results are: Stabilized ecosystem services on 746,000 ha of production landscape. Non-depleted soil productivity and effective water use management on 100,000 ha of irrigated arable land. Crops resilience to salinization on 10,000 ha. Restored degraded arable and forest land on 60,000 ha. Strengthened effectiveness of the PAs and secured biodiversity status on 1,077,554 ha of PAs in the Amudarya landscape, including new areas of approximately 60,000 ha of endangered KBAs/IBAs proposed to be designated as Sanctuaries.

Increased protection of KBAs/IBAs will translate into stable population of rare bird species, such as the Saker falcon (Falco cherrug), Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus), Great grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus), Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus), Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), Grey heron (Ardea cinerea), Purple heron (Ardea purpurea).The project will span over 5 years mobilizing a total of $4,583,196 GEF investment.

Impact

START DATE

July 2021

END DATE

June 2026

STATUS

Ongoing

PROJECT OFFICE

Turkmenistan

IMPLEMENTING PARTNER

Min. of Agriculture & Environm

DONORS

Global Environment Fund Truste

UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PRO

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS

$207,776

DELIVERY IN PREVIOUS YEARS

2022$19,909

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