RDF at a regional seminar in China on strategic cooperation in the forestry sector

Omorbekova Z.A., the chief of RDF, participated at a regional seminar on strategic cooperation in the forestry sector of Central Asia countries held from 23-24 of September, 2014, in Beijing, China. This semiinar was organised by Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet). The attendees included representatives of state bodies in forest management from 7 countries, Mongolia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, and experts from international organizations.

Purpose of the event:

The aim of this seminar was to inform each other and exchange experiences from each country on forest resource management, rehabilitation efforts, and transboundary biodiversity conservation. Particular attention was paid to identify problems and opportunities for sustainable forest management in each region, development of strategies for cooperation in the forestry sector, and establishment of mechanisms for regional dialogue for forest sectors development in

Central Asia.

Additional activities:

The participants went on a study tour from 25-26 September to in Chifeng in Inner Mongolia. The aim of this visit was to learn about the protected forest of Syaohuanshan, a joint project between China and Germany, and to observe the project impelementation to prevent desertification along the highways and other areas.

The participants studies the scientific and technical works by Huanyanva company which grew fodder on 6000 hectares and produces seeds. They also learned about the scientific and technical company, Shamochzhihua, which produced more than 20 types of environmentally friendly products from the sea buckthorn, almonds, and apricots collected from about 4,500 farms .

In China high priority is put on rehabilitation of vegetation around the mining tailings. For example, on the mine field of Gushan in Pinchzhuan village they had planted more than 20 species of native trees and shrubs. They used modern technologies such as using of synthetic liquid foil for garding soil temperature and reducing water evapolation and drip irrigation to raise seedlings.

The participants also observed greenhouses where fruits grew just with heat from the solar energy.