Geo-information systems and remote Sensing

GEF/ UNDP project "Establishment of the Nuratau-Kyzylkum Biosphere Reserve" Component on GIS and RS Services (2002-2004)

Nuratau-Kyzylkum Biosphere Reservation, with total area of 24 000 km<sup>2</sup> , occupying the Nuratau state reserve, part of Arnasay preserve, and also Aydar-Arnasay lake system in the middle reaches of Syrdarya River have significant water protection, erosion - preventive and mudflow protection importance for Uzbekistan.

The main objectives of this project were preparation of plan and demarcation of the general boundaries and internal zones of the reserve, and development of the long-term plan for management of the Nuratau-Kyzylkum Biosphere Reserve relying on the normative and legal, environmental, and socioeconomic criteria and principles of sustainable naturalresourcesuse. The management approaches and methods, that were being implemented and demonstrated by this project, made the real contribution to achievement of the sustainable links and compatibility between land/water use and protection of ecosystems within watershed. In general, implementation ofthe projectinterventions will facilitate increase of the country’s reserve territory

In accordance with the target tasks of this Component, the Institute provided the costbeneficial, reliable and sustainable GIS data base of the Nuratau-Kyzylkum Biosphere Reserve project as a model for conservation of biodiversity in Uzbekistan, as well as GIS/RS training for project staff and experts.

GEF/ADB CACILM Project on «Sustainable and Management Information System (SLM-IS)» (2008-2009)

GEF/ADB Project Sustainable Land Management Information System (SLM-IS) was implemented by UZGIP Institute in the framework of the Central Asian Countries Initiative for Land Management (CACILM) in the spirit of UNCCD. CACILM is a multi-country and multi-partner long-term (2006-2016) program aimed at restoring, maintaining and enhancing productive functions of land in five countries of Central Asia, while preserving its ecological integrity and functions.

The main objective was an increasing institutional capacity to enhance reliable monitoring and assessment of land degradation and adaptation of an integrated approach to land use planning and management, taking into consideration current international efforts towards a harmonization of land data and information management. Specific tasks were design of the SLM Information System and incorporation it into global land use system mapping (FAO-LUS).

Based on analysis and compilation of the available data, maps, satellite images and biophysical resource base CACILM Land Use map was prepared, which included 8 main classes of land cover ( forest, shrubs, agricultural lands, wetlands, bare areas, etc).

The new National Land Use System (LUS) map have been prepared in accordance with FAO LADA (2009) guidelines. It consists of 25 classes of land use, each of them is divided into 3-4 sub classes depending on biophysical attributes of ecosystem, land use attributes and social economic features.