Conservation of globally important biodiversity and association land and forest resources of Western Tian Shan Forest Mountain ecosystems and support to sustainable livelihoods.

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From March 17, 2017 to March 16, 2022

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction
  2. 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use
  3. 15.2 Promote sustainable forest management, restoration, afforestation

Project ID: 5411

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Strengthening conservation areas
  • Ecosystem management and restoration


  • Wildlife conservation
  • Ecosystem-based adaptation


  • Conserved areas
  • Forests


  • Terrestrial protected areas
  • Key biodiversity areas (KBAs)
  • Montane forests

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Livestock

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Direct support / Service Delivery
  • Innovative approaches


  • Capacity building
  • Management operation
  • Food and agricultural commodities


  • Institutional capacity building
  • Community capacity building
  • Technical capacity building
  • Sustainable land management
  • Conserved areas/ protected areas management
  • Wildlife and habitat conservation
  • Improved & diversified sustainable livelihoods (TP 5)
  • FACS strategies for sustainable supply chain (TP 4)

Social inclusion


Gender equality

  • Women decision making
  • Women farmers
  • Livelihoods for women

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Reduce exposure
  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction
  • 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use
  • 15.2 Promote sustainable forest management, restoration, afforestation

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Poverty reduction
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

About this project


The project is focused on biodiversity, land and forest resources in Western Tian Shan in Kyrgyzstan. Aim of the project on key biodiversity areas is establishing new formal PAs for underrepresented globally significant species and strengthening the key existing PAs, with special focus on Western Tian. The project will build capacities of the SAEPF Department of Protected Areas. It will ensure continuity and congruence between KBAs and use of land and forest resources in wider productive landscapes. The project creates new and strengthens PAs at a total area of 226,621 ha (which includes 25,000 of High Conservation Value Forests) and creates wildlife corridors and buffer zones at a total area of 50,000 ha. The direct effect thus is 0.28 mln ha. The project will further support work on improvement and sustainable use of pastures. The total area of pastures in the region exceeds 0.6 mln ha; the project aims to restore at least 65,000 ha of degraded pastures in Toktogul and Togustorous districts.


To promote a landscape approach to protection of internationally important biodiversity, and land and forest resources in the Western Tian Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan.

USD $4,109,588

Grant amount

USD $24,519,183

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($4,109,588)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Kyrgyzstan

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