Sustainable Land Management in the High Pamir and Pamir-Alai Mountains - and Integrated and Transboundary Initiative in Central Asia Phase I

Project Summary

The main objective of the proposed project is to develop and implement an integrated management system for the preservation and rehabilitation of the natural resources in the High Pamir and Pamir-Alai mountain areas as a framework for sustainable land management and development of the natural environment and local populations living in the concerned mountain ranges and the adjacent lowlands. This will be achieved through a win-win strategy supporting both improved natural resource management as well as improved rural livelihoods.In view of the above, an integrated approach aiming at accommodating the various needs and expectations in relation to the three pillars of sustainability - economy, society and ecology - will be applied. For that purpose, a multi-level, multi-stakeholder and multi-intervention approach will be implemented. Already during the development phase, direct short-term supportive measures aiming at relieving the pressures on both livelihoods and natural resources will be initiated. Simultaneously mid- and long-term policy options will be developed in a participatory manner, paving the way for an increased awareness of the needs and requirements for integrated development measures affecting all sectors. Through the direct and active involvement of representatives of all concerned stakeholder groups, critical ownership and support will be generated. The tangible short-term measures will thus play a critical role improving the social and economic welfare of the local population - an indispensable prerequisite for a constructive and long-term partnership between nature and human populations in the Pamirs and Pamir-Alai mountain range.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Environment Programme
Executing Agencies
UN collaboration with: CDE-Univ. Switzerland; Ministry of Environment & Nature Protection, Tajikistan; Ministry of Labor & Social Protec. Kyrgyzstan; AKDN; Hokkaido Univ. Japan.
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
650,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
3,000,000 USD
Co-financing Total
6,000,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
328,500 USD
Total Cost 9,650,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
03 Oct 2003
Preparation Grant Approved
13 Nov 2003
Concept Approved
12 Jun 2006
Project Approved for Implementation
09 Aug 2007
Project closed
01 May 2012