Sustainable natural resource and forest management in key mountainous areas important for globally significant biodiversity

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From May 12, 2017 to May 11, 2022

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction
  2. 15.7 End wildlife poaching, illegal species trafficking
  3. 15.6 Promote fair, equitable benefits sharing

Project ID: 5438

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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
  • Grasslands


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

Transformed sector(s)

  • Other sectors

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Management operation
  • Enabling
  • Governance


  • Conserved areas/ protected areas management
  • Wildlife and habitat conservation
  • Community engagement
  • Mainstream
  • Transboundary governance

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Private sector

Gender equality

  • Livelihoods for women

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience
  • Reduce exposure

SDG target(s)

  • 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction
  • 15.7 End wildlife poaching, illegal species trafficking
  • 15.6 Promote fair, equitable benefits sharing

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)

  • Individuals/Entrepreneurs

Hot topic


About this project


The symbol of UzbekistanÔÇÖs mountainous areas biodiversity is the Snow Leopard. The key objective of the project is to prevent the decline of the Snow Leopard population in the country. The plan defines the following critical areas for intervention: (1) strengthening existing Protected Areas, (2) curbing illegal crime, (3) research on human-wildlife conflict, (4) engagement of local communities in SL conservation, (5) transboundary cooperation, as well as monitoring and, PR.


To enhance the conservation, and sustainable use, of natural resources in the biodiverse high altitude mountain ecosystems of Uzbekistan.

USD $6,369,863

Grant amount

USD $25,300,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($6,369,863)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Uzbekistan

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