Regional Training Workshop
4 - 15 June, 2012, Izmir, Turkey
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Subregional Office for Central Asia (FAO SEC) held the “Land Use System Mapping and Land Degradation Assessment Tools” Regional Training Workshop at the International Agricultural Research and Training Centre ‘UTAEM’ in Izmir, Turkey, between 4 and 15 June 2012 in order to strengthen the institutional capacity on land use system mapping and land degradation assessment tools.
Land degradation is one of the greatest challenges facing all the five Central Asian Countries, Azerbaijan and Turkey. Vegetation degradation in pasture land, water and wind erosion and salinization of agricultural land are significant forms of degradation affecting the sub-region. In irrigated lands of Central Asia, recent estimates show that over 50% of the irrigated soils are salinized and/or waterlogged.
As land degradation is a serious threat to food security, the strengthening of institutional technical capacity for sustainable land management and planning has been considered as priority area of the work programme of the Organization in the sub-region. Since 2008, FAO has been strengthening capacities of national institutes in Central Asia to adopt a comprehensive and integrated approach to sustainable land management which mitigates extensive land degradation.
Read the Summary report of the event
Article in UN Turkey Newsletter