Project Objective

The overall objective of the Project is to scale up integrated natural resources management (INRM) in drought prone and salt affected agricultural production landscapes in the Central Asian countries and Turkey. This will be done through scaling up of sustainable management practices that minimize pressures and negative impacts on natural resources that reduce risks and vulnerability and, enhance capacity of rural communities to cope with or adapt to drought and salinity. In particular, adoption of integrated landscape management approaches and INRM practices should help stabilize and even reverse trends of soil salinization, reduce erosion, improve water capture and retention, increase the sequestration of carbon, and reduce loss of agrobiodiversity, thereby reducing the desertification trend in terms of extent and severity.

Component 1: Multi-country collaboration and partnership to foster the implementation of cost-effective INRM, focusing on drought-prone and salt-affected production landscapes


Outcome 1.1: Enhanced knowledge of the costs of land degradation and benefits of INRM, drought preparedness and biosaline agriculture to national economies and the region as a whole informs policy and investment decisions at all levels, including NAP processes


Output 1.1.1: Harmonized approach across countries for valuation of ecosystem services (VES) at various scales 

Output 1.1.2: Identification of incentives to scale up INRM

Component 2: Integration of resilience into policy, legal and institutional frameworks for integrated natural resources management (INRM)


Outcome 2.1: Resilience integrated across natural resources management (NRM) sectors and production landscapes


Output 2.1.1: Review of national policies, legal and institutional frameworks and their application at different governance levels with the view to identify gaps and potential opportunities for managing transformations

Output 2.1.2: Formulation, review or update of national drought policies, strategies and guidelines for drought preparedness planning

Output 2.1.3: Participatory resilience assessment and mapping, and livelihood diagnostics (i.e. SHARP) to support evidence-based decision-making 

Output 2.1.4: Strengthening of inter-sectoral coordination mechanisms at national level, including mainstreaming of NAPs into national sector budget allocations and investment processes for INRM scaling up 

Outcome 2.2: Incentives for climate-smart agriculture in place at national and sub-national levels 

Output 2.2.1: Increase in public and private sector (at least 5 different types of enterprises) supporting smallholder farmers to scale up best practices and adoption of self-reliant approaches for managing climate variability and change

Output 2.2.2: At least 5 resources use efficient and biodiversity friendly food and feed value-chains strengthened

Component 3: Upscaling of climate-smart agricultural practices in drought-prone and/or salt-affected production landscapes

Outcome 3.1: Upscaling of a proactive drought risk management (DRM) approach and innovative integrated natural resources management (INRM) technologies in selected production landscapes / land use systems (e.g. pastoral, agro-sylvo-pastoral, tree-based, irrigated, rainfed, home gardens)  

Output 3.1.1: At least 2 multi-stakeholder land-use plans for selected production landscapes per country

Output 3.1.2: At least 2 specialized institutions / advisory service providers with increased capacities to enhance skills of stakeholders for wide adoption of proactive risk management approach and drought mitigation technologies 

Output 3.1.3: Upscaling of 5-6 innovative drought mitigation technologies in selected production landscapes on 239,500 ha of land (at least 15 drought-tolerant species and 5 habitats, xx tCO2e, 15 % crop water productivity / irrigation efficiency)

Outcome 3.2: Adaptation and scaling up of technologies and approaches for management of salt-affected production landscapes (e.g. irrigated, pastoral, agro-sylvo-pastoral, tree-based, home gardens)  

Output 3.2.1: Guidelines for development of catchment salinity management plans developed and piloted in each country for sustainable and biodiverse aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems

Output 3.2.2: At least 2 specialized institutions / advisory service providers with increased capacities to enhance skills of stakeholders for wide adoption of salinity mitigation approaches and technologies 

Output 3.2.3: Upscaling of 5-6 best practices for combating salinization, while ensuring biodiversity conservation and sustainable use on 95,500 ha of land ( at least 15 salt-tolerant species, xx tCO2e, 15% crop water productivity/irrigation efficiency 

 Component 4: Monitoring and evaluation and adaptive learning

Outcome 4.1: Project implementation based on adaptive results-based management, monitoring, and reporting for enhanced impact and visibility 

Output 4.1.1: M&E system established to measure project progress and impacts in terms of multiple global environmental benefits (GEBs), social and economic benefits

Output 4.1.2: Midterm review and final evaluations carried out and reports available

Project Implementation Structure

The project objectives will be achieved during a five-year period through four project components. It is structured as a program with one multi-country component addressing shared priorities at multi-county level (Component 1), two components at national level ensuring national implementation in selected production landscapes/land use systems (Component 2 and Component 3), and one M&E component (Component 4). Country STAR allocation specifically distributed to Components 2 and 3 will directly support national activities in the respective country: 

Component 1: Multi-country collaboration and partnership to foster the effective delivery of INRM. This multi-country component will bring together all target groups of the Central Asia region and Turkey under the auspices of ISDC and IFAS and provide a platform for:  

INRM/SLM Strategic dialogue 

Enhanced synergies of INRM/SLM interventions in the region 

Exchange of knowledge, information and data 

Component 2: Integration of resilience into policy, legal and institutional frameworks for INRM. This component will support Government of Central Asian countries and Turkey to integrate resilience into policy, legal and institutional framework for INRM, to support the scaling up and adoption of climate-smart agriculture management practices along the most appropriate impact pathways, leading to enhanced management of resilience, adaptation and transitions in production systems and landscapes in the medium and long term. 

Component 3: Upscaling of climate-smart agricultural practices in drought prone and/or salt affected production landscapes.  The scaling up will be based on multi-stakeholder land-use plans with targeted investment for selected agricultural production landscapes/land use systems (e.g. pastoral, agro-sylvo-pastoral, tree-based, irrigated/small oases production, rainfed land and home gardens), as well as guidelines for the development/piloting of watershed/catchment salinity management plans including inter alia hydrological regulations and identification of promising species/habitats for sustainable and biodiverse aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. 

Component 4: Monitoring and evaluation. To determine whether integrated approaches to natural resources management have a positive impact on ecosystem services and resilience, and livelihoods and food security, they need to be monitored, assessed and evaluated for their socio-economic and environmental impacts. 

Project Countries and Strategic Partnership Framework 


CPF Priority area 3. Sustainable natural resources management (water, land and forestry management)  

Outcome 1. Capacity of the national institutions, natural resources managers and agricultural producers supported for sustainable natural resources management  

Output 1.3. Land degradation assessment supported and Sustainable Land Management (SLM) enhanced for increasing resilience of production systems to climate change.


CPF Priority area 3. Improved resilience in responding to climate change, crises and disasters 

Outcome 3. Climate change mitigation and adaptation in the agriculture and forestry sectors, and resilience in disaster and crises situations enhanced

Output 3.3: Climate-smart-agriculture, including pasture, and  Sustainable Land and Water Management in dry lands promoted.



CPF Priority area B. Sustainable management of natural resources and improved resilience to climate change. 

Output  2.1. strengthening the policy-enabling environment along with strategies and investment programmes to combat land degradation, with emphasis on a landscape approach, and taking gender-equality aspects into consideration. 

Output 2.2. promoting innovative and multi-sectoral approaches and gender-sensitive practices and technologies in selected production landscapes for sustainable and integrated natural resources management and improved resilience to climate change. 


CPF Priority Area B: Sustainable natural resource management, climate change mitigation and adaptation. 

Output 1.2. Support for improving agricultural water management provided, particularly for increasing water use efficiency (i.e. promotion of irrigation water saving technologies). 

Priority Area C:  Increase the resilience of rural livelihoods to agriculture and food security threats and shocks 

Output 1.1. Formulation and implementation of policies, strategies and action plans to cope with extreme weather events such as drought with appropriate measures such as promotion of drought-tolerant crops and varieties supported. 


CPF Priority area E. Sustainable natural resources management and increasing the resilience to climate change 

Outcome 2. Promotion of sustainable land management and provision of the drought preparedness supported  

Output 2.1. Best practices on sustaiable land management mainstreamed and up-scaled - best practices for DLDD and SLM (desertification, land degradation, drought and sustainable land management) assessed mainstreamed into national sector policies and programs and implemented in local sites for adoption by key stakeholders 

Output 2.2. Capacity development for drought and soil salinity monitoring and management and increase of the climate smart agriculture supported.

Global Soil Partnership: Capacity development program in Central Asia on Soil salinity mapping and soil fertility restoration

Effective soil management requires the availability of soil data


September 8, 2020, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan - Nearly 60 percent of Central Asia's population depends on agriculture for food and wellbeing and healthy soils ensures food security and income for the entire population of the region.

Meanwhile, 40 to 60 percent of irrigated land in Central Asia is salt-affected or waterlogged. The most affected soils are in Turkmenistan (68% of the irrigated area), Uzbekistan (51%), Kazakhstan (20%) and Turkey (30%). In Kyzylorda region of Kazakhstan alone (affected by the consequences of the Aral Sea drying out) more than 73 thousand hectares of irrigated land are subject to severe salinity.

Most of irrigated land in Central Asia need to be considerably improved, so modern agricultural practices and the return of abandoned land to agriculture production are on the regional agricultural agenda.

Under the FAO-GEF Project “Integrated Natural Resources Management in Drought-prone and Salt-affected Agricultural Production Landscapes in Central Asia and Turkey (CACILM-2)” and in collaboration with the Global Soil Partnership, a number of interactive trainings on mapping salt-affected soils and applying innovative approaches and biotechnologies to restore soil fertility were held in Central Asia.artnership, who held a training for 31 Central Asian specialists representing  countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan) from 29-31 July through a virtual setting.

The new format of trainings and dissemination of successful experience attract not only Project partners from the capital's research institutes and private centers, ministries and subordinate institutions, but also partners on the ground interested in the latest technologies.

“During these interactive workshops, soil scientists can master modern methods of modeling and mapping various soil properties, in particular salinity, while practitioners get encouraged to apply best agricultural practices in restoring the fertility of salt-affected soils in Central Asia,” said Makhmud Shaumarov, Regional Project Coordinator, CACILM-2.

The capacity development activities held in Central Asia fits into a broader framework coordinated by FAO, through its Global Soil Partnership (GSP) on the development of the Global Soil Salinity Map (GSSmap). The main objective of the GSSmap is to update the global and country-level information on SAS, lay ground for future periodic monitoring of these soils and produce a country-driven map that provides a global overview on salt-affected areas. This map constitutes the steppingstone to monitor SAS at global level and improve national capacities on SAS management.

For any further information, you may contact Olga Grebennikova (Communication and Outreach Specialist for the Central Asian Countries Initiative for Land Management (CACILM-2) or the GSP Secretariat

Глобальное почвенное партнерство:

Программа наращивания потенциала по картированию засоленных угодий и восстановлению плодородия почв в Центральной Азии

Эффективное управление почвами требует наличия данных о почве.

8 сентября 2020 г., Нур-Султан, Казахстан - Почти 60 процентов населения Центральной Азии зависит от сельского хозяйства в качестве источника продовольствия и доходов, а плодородие почв гарантирует продовольственную безопасность и благополучие всему населению региона. 

Между тем от 40 до 60 процентов орошаемых земель в Центральной Азии являются засоленными либо заболоченными. Больше всего страдают почвы в Туркменистане (68% от общей площади), Узбекистане (51%), Казахстане (20%) и Турции (30%). В одной только Кызылординской области, страдающей от последствий пересыхания Аральского моря, более 73 тыс. гектаров орошаемых земель подвержены сильному засолению.

Большинство площадей орошаемых земель в Центральной Азии требуют коренного улучшения, а применение современных подходов агропроизводства и возврат в сельхозоборот заброшенных территорий является одним из актуальных вопросов на повестке дня сельскохозяйственных секторов региона.

В рамках проекта ФАО и ГЭФ «Комплексное управление природными ресурсами на подверженных засухе и засолению территориях Центральной Азии и Турции» (ИСЦАУЗР2) и в сотрудничестве с Глобальным почвенным партнерством в Центральной Азии проводятся интерактивные тренинги по составлению карт засоленных почв и применению инновационных подходов и биотехнологий для восстановления плодородия почвв Центральной Азии.С 29 по 31 июля в виртуальном пространстве Глобальное почвенное партнерство ФАО провела тренинг для 31 центральноазиатского специалиста, представляющих Казахстан, Кыргызстан, Узбекистан и Туркменистан. 

Новый формат тренингов и распространения успешного опыта привлекает к участию в вебинарах не только партнеров проекта из столичных научно-исследовательских институтов и частных центров, министерств и подведомственных учреждений, но также и заинтересованных новейшими технологиями партнеров на местах во всех странах региона.

«Во время этих интерактивных семинаров специалисты – почвоведы овладевают современными методами моделирования и картографирования различных свойств почвы, в частности засоления, а практики получили импульс для использования успешных агроприемов в процессе восстановления плодородия засоленных почв Центральной Азии, - сказал Махмуд Шаумаров, Региональный координатор проекта ИСЦАУЗР 2.

Мероприятия по развитию потенциала, организуемые в Центральной Азии, вписываются в более широкие рамки, координируемые ФАО через Глобальное почвенное партнерство (GSP) по разработке Глобальной карты засоления почв (GSSmap). Основная цель GSSmap - обновить информацию о SAS на глобальном и страновом уровнях, заложить основу для будущего периодического мониторинга этих почв и создать карту, ориентированную на страны, чтобы обеспечить возможность глобального обзора засоленных территорий. Эта карта представит собой отправную точку для мониторинга SAS на глобальном уровне и повышения национального потенциала в области управления SAS.

Для получения дополнительной информации вы можете связаться с Ольгой Гребенниковой (специалистом по коммуникациям и связям с общественностью Инициативы стран Центральной Азии по управлению земельными ресурсами (ИСЦАУЗР-2) или Секретариатом ВСП.

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