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Uzbekistan - Overview

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Status and Trends of Biodiversity

Overview

The main ecosystems in Uzbekistan include lowland desert, mountain and inland water ecosystems, some of which are included as “Eco-regions 200.” They provide important habitats for migratory species. More than 27,000 species are found in Uzbekistan. Among them there are over 15,000 animals and 4500 higher plants. These include: 83 fish; 3 amphibian; 59 reptile; 424 bird and 97 mammal species... More »

Number and Extent of Protected Areas

24 protected areas have been established, of which there is 1 Ramsar site and 1 Biosphere Reserve. Protected areas account for 5.8% of the total land area of the country.

Percentage of Forest Cover

Forests cover a total of 1,969,000 ha, with 1,669,000 ha of natural forest and 300,000 ha of plantations.

National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan

Major features of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

Uzbekistan’s NBSAP contains strategy statements covering three aspects: the protected areas system; public awareness, participation and education; and sustainable use. For each of these aspects, the action plan identified goals, steps and outputs. For example, on the protected areas, the action plan covers development of institutional and legal frameworks, expansion of the protected areas system, management of protected areas, national biodiversity information system, captive breeding and ex situ conservation... More »

Implementation of the Convention

Measures Taken to Achieve the 2010 Target

Uzbekistan aims to establish an ecologically stable system of protected areas which will represent all ecosystems and whose coverage will be 10% of the total land area. For example, a target has been set to protect 80% of biodiversity in Tien-Shan. A number of laws have been adopted including: Nature Protection Law; Law on Protection and Use of Animals and Plants; Forest Law; and Protected Area Law... More »

Initiatives in Protected Areas

Uzbekistan has protected 5.8% of the country’s total land area, and increase of 1.07% in the last decade. The protected areas cover low land desert ecosystems, mountain ecosystems and aquatic ecosystems. Uzbekistan has also adopted a law on protected areas. As a follow-up, Uzbekistan has expanded its existing protected areas and established a number of new reserves... More »

Initiatives in Access and Benefit Sharing

Uzbekistan has established a regulatory framework concerning access to genetic resources and related international contracts. Issues concerning the intellectual property rights related to genetic resources have been addressed in the special provisions of the State Law and covered by relevant legislations. Uzbekistan has signed a Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and joined the Central Asia Network for preservation and use of plant genetic resources... More »

Initiatives for Article 8(j)

Uzbekistan has recognized the importance of protecting traditional knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities, as evidence shows that wider use of biotechnologies is restricting them. Relevant issues have been given a high priority in the projects developed for implementing the NBSAP as well as the development of a Clearing House Mechanism for scientific and technical cooperation... More »

National Contacts

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Convention on Biological Diversity

Mr. B. Abdusamatov
CBD Primary NFP
Mr. Aleksandr Grigoryants
ICNP ABS NFP, Protected Areas NFP
Mr. Alexander Filatov
CHM NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Mr. B. Abdusamatov
BCH NFP

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