The objective of this project is to contribute to policies that promote environmentally sustainable and profitable pastoral livestock industries in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. To achieve this goal, remote-sensed data will be used to identify desertification patterns at selected study sites. Satellite-based environmental assessments will be combined with inter-disciplinary field studies that show why grazing systems are changing and how these changes affect desertification processes. Results of these studies will be integrated into a model that predicts how pastoral households will respond to changes in government policy, shifts in market prices or fluctuations in stock numbers. The model will be used to forecast the environmental impact of alternative policies and to identify improved husbandry practices for private flock operators. Results will be disseminated to national policy makers, international donor agencies, and representatives of local producer groups. Training and material support provided by the project will improve the capacity of Central Asian research institutes to conduct similar work in the future.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
OX2 8PL Oxford
SW7 2QA London
483174 Mynbaeva, Almaty Oblast
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