Synopsis of the Baseline Analysis of the Landscape Restoration Situation in the Aral Sea Watershed within the Republics of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

This synopsis assesses the acute land degradation situation in the Aral Sea basin, and reviews priority actions for achieving its recovery. Following an analysis on the region’s existing institutional capacity for restoration, it provides recommendations for accelerating innovation in irrigated and rainfed agriculture, pasture management and forestry.

The synopsis was developed under the Global Disruptive Tech Challenge: Restoring Landscapes in the Aral Sea Region, organized with the support of the Central Asia Water and Energy Program (CAWEP) – a multi-donor Trust-Fund financed by the European Union, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The Challenge is administered by the World Bank and will inform the Resilient Landscape Program in Central Asia RESILAND CA +, currently under preparation. It is implemented by the Kazakh-German University (DKU), the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) and Plug and Play (P&P).

Author: Olga Romanova and Alexander Nikolaenko

Publisher: Global Landscapes Forum (GLF)

Language: English; Russian

Year: 2021

Keyword(s): Aral Sea, capacity development, forestry, innovation, irrigated agriculture, land degradation, pasture management, rainfed agriculture, restoration, startups

Ecosystem(s): Forests, Agricultural Land

Location(s): Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan