The PALM project is a
transboundary initiative of the governments of Tajikistan
It aims to restore, sustain, and enhance the productive and protective
functions of the trans-boundary ecosystems of the High Pamir and Pamir-AlaiMountains.
To address the interlinked
problems of poverty and land degradation in these mountains, the project aims
to improve the social and economic well-being of the rural communities and
households utilizing the region’s resources to meet their livelihood needs,
while preserving its unique landscape and globally important biodiversity.
The project is funded by the
Global Environment Facility (GEF) and a consortium of more than 15 national and
international partners. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) is the
GEF Implementing agency for the project. It is responsible for project
oversight, monitoring and reporting back to GEF on project performance and
The United Nations University
(UNU) is the International Executing Agency. It is responsible, following the
UNEP/GEF project document, for the successful implementation of the project
through proper coordination, management, supervision and financial and
administrative procedures in line with GEF and UNEP rules.
PALM Newsletter issue 1&2/2011
of the project is to restore, sustain, and enhance, the productive and
protective functions of the trans-boundary ecosystems of the High Pamir and
Pamir-Alai Mountains, of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, so as to improve the social
and economic well-being of the rural communities and households utilizing the
region's ecosystem resources to meet their livelihood needs, while preserving
its unique landscape and globally important biodiversity.
The project has two main
concerning development and environmental aspects:
To address the link between poverty, vulnerability and land degradation
through the promotion of sustainable land management practices that contribute
to improving the livelihoods and economic well-being of the inhabitants of the
High Pamir and Pamir-AlaiMountains.
To mitigate the causes and negative impacts of land degradation on the
structure and functional integrity of the ecosystems of the High Pamir and
Pamir-Alai Mountains through mainstreaming sustainable land management tools
and practices from household, community, local government, national and
In view of the project
goal and objectives, project activities are designed to lead to the realization
of the following expected outcomes:
cooperation between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan creating the enabling regional
strategic planning, and national legislative, policy, institutional, technical,
and economic incentive, environment, for the sustainable management of the High
Pamir and Pamir-Alai mountain ecosystems.
Improved capacity of Tajikistan's and Kyrgyzstan's
public and private sector agency research and advisory support service
providers to promote sustainable land management within the High Pamir and Pamir-AlaiMountains.
Reduction in rural
poverty and economic vulnerability through restoration and enhancement of the
productive and protective functions (ecological goods and services) of the High
Pamir and Pamir-Alai mountain ecosystems.
guidelines developed for up-scaling and replication of the lessons
the project's experience with sustainable land management, within
trans-boundary mountain regions within Asia
Interdisciplinary teams consisting
of experts from both countries are working on (i) a trans-boundary
land management strategy and action plan prepared for the entire High
Pamir-Alai Mountains region, as well as on (ii) an improved enabling
regulatory framework in place for the sustainable and equitable
utilisation, of the ecosystem resources of the High Pamir and Pamir-Alai
The project provides grants for
public and private sector agencies to pursue research, advisory and
support services for sustainable land management activities for mountain
communities, farmers and herders as well as forest and wildlife resource
within the High Pamir and Pamir-AlaiMountains. In
wide variety of training activities such as awareness raising on land
degradation, land use planning, technologies for improved soil fertility
are offered to local farmers, government planners, policy makers and
officials with responsibility for economic development, environmental
preservation and land use.
Participatory Field Level Interventions:
On selected sub-district units –
six in Tajikistan, four in Kyrgyzstan- , activities
focusing on the development of innovative approaches to sustainable land
management, involving community-based land use planning will be implemented.
Field level activities will be directed at assessing the degradation status of
the ecosystem resources of individual sub-district units, and then assisting
each one to plan and implement a series of sustainable land management
micro-projects with the potential to not only combat land degradation but also
raise rural household incomes and alleviate poverty.
In the framework of the second call for adaptive research proposals under the GEF/UNEP PALM Project, research institutes and NGOs in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are herewith invited to submit project proposals for consideration for targeted research grants.
Under the project of Sustainable Land Management (SLM) in the High Pamir and Pamir-Alai Mountains (SLM-PALM), the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Program for Sustainable Agriculture in Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC) in partnership with National Executing Agencies has launched a call for adaptive research projects in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Research institutes and NGOs from these two countries have been invited to submit project proposals for consideration for targeted research grants.