Sustainable natural resource and forest management in key mountainous areas important for globally significant biodiversity




May 2017 – May 2022


USD 6 509 863

Focus Area:



State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Ecology and Environmental Protection (Goscomecology)

Inspection for Control over the Protection and Use of Biodiversity and Protected Areas (Bioinspection)

State Forestry Committee of Uzbekistan;

State Border Protection Committee of Uzbekistan;

State Customs Committee of Uzbekistan;

JSC “Uzbekistan Temir Yullari”;

Province and District Administrations;

Local self governance bodies as representatives of communities;

Associations of Pasture Users;

Communities of Protected Areas buffer zones;

International Snow Leopard Trust; Panthera;

Snow Leopard Conservancy;

The Secretariats of International Conventions (e.g. UNEP-CMS);

Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan and its specialized institutes.


Goal 13: Climate Action

Goal 15: Life On Land

Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Project Document:


Project Summary:

The project objective is ‘To enhance the conservation, and sustainable use, of natural resources in the biodiverse high altitude mountain ecosystems of Uzbekistan’.

The key drivers of environmental degradation of these mountain ecosystems include: (i) unsustainable, and poorly regulated, levels of livestock grazing in the montane forests, steppes and sub-alpine meadows; (ii) high levels of dependency of rural communities on fuelwood from montane forests for heating and cooking; and (iii) extensive poaching of wildlife, along with increasing incidences of retaliatory killing of natural predators. Underlying these pressures are social and economic issues including an increasing demand for agricultural and timber products, insecure land tenure, and low levels of capacities to conserve mountainous ecosystems.

The project will be spatially contained to the snow leopard distribution range in Uzbekistan. The snow leopard distribution range comprises 3 discrete ‘snow leopard landscapes’, the Ugam-Chatkal snow leopard landscape in the western Tien Shan; and the Gissar and Zaamin snow leopard landscapes in the Pamir-Alai. Most of the project outputs and activities will be focused in two of these ‘snow leopard landscapes’: (i) the Ugam-Chatkal snow leopard landscape, located on the western spurs of the Chatkal, Pskem and Ugam Ranges in the Western Tien Shan; and (ii) the Gissar snow leopard landscape on the western slopes of the Gissar ridge in the Pamir Alai.

Expected Results:

Quality of environmental information for state cadaster improved;

State of knowledge on snow leopard and prey populations enhanced;

The management effectiveness of the core conservation zones in Ugam-Chatkal State National Nature Park strengthened;

The conservation security of Gissar Strict Nature Reserve extended and improved;

Community involvement in, and beneficiation from protected areas enhanced;

Sustainable pasture management practices incentivized;

More sustainable levels of forest use with engagement of local communities encouraged;

Inter-agency coordination in conservation, monitoring and enforcement improved;

The capacity for trans-boundary planning and management strengthened. 

Project Contact Information:

Abbos Akhadov


Tel: (998 78) 120-34-50

Address: 4 Taras Shevchenko Street, Tashkent 100029

Publications, if any:

GEF ( USD 6 209 863) and UNDP (USD 300,000)

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