Exchange visit

RDF PF Director participated in the Regional Seminar on Strategic Cooperation in the Forest Sector

Director of PF RDF Omorbekova Zahifa Abasovna participated in the Regional Workshop on Strategic Cooperation in the Forestry Sector of Central Asia, which was held from September 23 to 24, 2014 in Beijing. This event was organized by the Asia-Pacific Network Centre for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet). The workshop was attended by representatives of state forest management authorities from 7 countries: Mongolia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and experts from international organizations.

Purpose of the workshop

The workshop was devoted to exchange of information and experience on forest resources management, their restoration, transboundary biodiversity conservation. Special attention was paid to identifying challenges and opportunities for sustainable forest management in the region, developing a strategy for cooperation in the forest sector and establishing a mechanism for regional dialog on forest sector development in Central Asia.

Side events

On 25-26 September, the participants of the regional seminar visited the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Chifen, to learn about the experience of the Xiaohuanshan protective afforestation, a joint project of China and Germany, as well as a set of measures to prevent desertification along the Tukha and Naji roads in Wennyut Hoshun.

The participants of the regional seminar familiarized themselves with the work of Huangyangwu Science and Technology Company, which is engaged in growing fodder crops on an area of 6,000 hectares and producing their seeds. The participants were also introduced to the experience of Shamojihua Scientific and Technical Company, which produces more than 20 kinds of ecologically clean products from sea buckthorn, almonds and apricots. About 4500 peasant farms supply raw materials to this company.

China attaches great importance to revegetation of mine dumps. For example, more than 20 species of native trees and shrubs have been planted in the Gushan mine field of Pingzhuang village. Modern technologies such as the use of liquid synthetic film to increase soil temperature and reduce evaporation, and drip irrigation were used to grow seedlings.

The workshop participants also familiarized themselves with greenhouses where fruit crops are grown and heated solely by solar energy.