Supporting sustainable land management in steppe zone through integrated territorial planning and agro-environmental incentives

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From June 1, 2015 to July 1, 2020

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.9 Integrate ecosystem values into national planning
  2. 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use

Project ID: 5358

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem management and restoration


  • Agrobiodiversity


  • Grasslands
  • Deserts


  • Steppes
  • Semi-arid (cold winter) deserts
  • Productive landscapes/Seascapes

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Forestry and other land use
  • Other sectors

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Direct support / Service Delivery
  • Policy advice


  • Food and agricultural commodities
  • Law regulation
  • Management operation


  • FACS strategies for sustainable supply chain (TP 4)
  • Laws/ Policy/Plan formulation
  • Sustainable land management

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Private sector

Gender equality

  • Women farmers
  • Livelihoods for women

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Reduce exposure
  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 15.9 Integrate ecosystem values into national planning
  • 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use

Conventions and protocols

  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
  • National Adaptation Plan (NAP)

Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Poverty reduction
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

About this project


This 5 year project is designed to transform land use practices in critical, productive, steppe, arid and semi-arid landscapes of Kazakhstan, which constitute the vast majority of its territory, thus ensuring ecological integrity, food security and sustainable livelihoods. Building upon the past experience of GEF funded projects efforts, the project will create a more conducive policy and legal framework for establishment of agro-environmental incentives for sustainable and better integrated pasture and land use planning and management, and build national and local capacity for practical implementation of such planning in the field. Existing best practices and approaches will be replicated at a wider scale within selected representative oblasts namely  Akmola, Kostanai, North and East Kazakhstan Oblasts (i.e., the northern steppe zone: forest steppe, meadow steppe and dry steppe ecosystems), and Almaty and Kzyl Orda Oblasts (i.e., the southern arid zone: desert and steppe semi-desert ecosystems) of the country.


to transform land use practices in steppe and semi-arid zones of Kazakhstan to ensure ecological integrity, food security and sustainable livelihoods.

USD $2,000,000

Grant amount

USD $9,499,459

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($2,000,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Kazakhstan: KazAgroInnovation of MOA

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