Adapting to climate change through sustainable land management: experiences of a pilot project in Tajikistan

Liniger, Hanspeter; Wolfgramm, Bettina; Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Lehrman, Zvi; Stevenson, Shane (April 2013). Adapting to climate change through sustainable land management: experiences of a pilot project in Tajikistan. In: 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference. Bonn, Deutschland. 09.-12.04.2013.

Tajikistan is particularly exposed to the risks of climate change. Its widely degraded landscapes are badly prepared to cope with changes in precipitation patterns, increased temperatures, droughts, and the spread of pests and disease. Sustainable land management (SLM) provides a “basket of opportunities” to address these challenges, particularly for increasing land productivity, improving livelihoods, and protecting ecosystems. Within the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) in Tajikistan 70 SLM technologies and approaches on how to implement SLM were documented with the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT ) tools in 2011. For this purpose a climate change adaptation module was developed and tested in order to enhance the understanding about climate change resilience of SLM practices and community workshops conducted to on adaptation mechanisms by rural communities in Tajikistan. The analysis came up with four guiding principles for applying SLM for adapting to climate change: 1. Diversification of land use technologies and farm incomes; 2. Intensification of use of natural resources; 3. Expansion of highly productive land use technologies; 4. Protection of land and livelihoods from extreme weather events. Furthermore, SLM must be up-scaled from isolated plots to entire zones or landscapes and the project developed the concept of three concentric villages zones, the in-, near- and off-village zones. Land users, advisors, and decision- and policy makers face the task of finding management practices that best suit site-specific conditions. This task is most efficiently addressed in collaborative effort, and building up and managing a respective knowledge platform.

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08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability > Unit Land Systems and Sustainable Land Management (LS-SLM)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > NCCR North-South Management Centre [discontinued]
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

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Liniger, Hanspeter; Wolfgramm, Bettina and Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics




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13 Oct 2014 15:10

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28 Nov 2020 02:24

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Special session organized by the Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern


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