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Desertification and regeneration : modelling the impact of market reforms on central asian rangelands

Objective

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 Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

MACAULAY LAND USE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Address
Craigiebuckler
AB15 8QH Aberdeen
United Kingdom

Participants (9)

C. J. J. LUNCH
United Kingdom
Address
Gorstow Road - Wolvercoat Lock
OX2 8PL Oxford
CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT - CIRAD
France
Address
Campus International De Baillarguet
34398 Montpellier
IC CONSULTANTS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
47,Prince's Gate 47, Exhibition Road
SW7 2QA London
INSTITUTE OF ANIMAL HUSBANDRY AND VETERINARY DEVELOPMENT
Turkmenistan
Address
Gerogly Ul. 70
744012 Ashgabat
INSTITUTE OF BOTANY & PHYTOINTRODUCTION
Kazakhstan
Address
Timiryazeva St. 44
480090 Almaty
KAZAK SHEEP BREEDING INSTITUTE
Kazakhstan
Address
Mynbaeva Set.
483174 Mynbaeva, Almaty Oblast
KAZAKSTAN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF PASTURE & FODDER
Kazakhstan
Address
Dzandosov Str. 31
480035 Almaty
MR JAMES ELLIS
United States
Address
Mc Murry Ranch Road 6700
80512 Bellevue Colorado
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DESERTS, FLORA & FAUNA
Turkmenistan
Address
Bitarap Turkmenistan 15
744000 Ashgabat