Partner Agencies


National Executing Agency: State Committee on Environment Protection of the Republic Tajikistan

 The State Agency on Environment Protection is the executing Agency of the GEF/UNEP Pamir-Alai SLM project in the country, is responsible for ensuring the integrated and rational use of natural resources in the country. The Committee prepares and submits to the government proposals for policies, and legal measures for improved protection and management of natural resources in the country and undertakes specific projects and activities aimed at implementing national policies in the area of environment conservation.

Kashmiri Zeravshon

"Kashmiri Zeravshon" is a non-governmental private organisation with a staff group of eleven members. The NGO deals with the development and increase of cashmere production, consulting and training support of cashmere producers as well as with  support and assistance in creating conditions for collecting, assortment, processing of cashmere and production of cashmere products. NGO "Kashmiri Zeravshon" has its own pilot farm and three central places for receiving and preparation of the goat down in each part of the Zeravshan valley: Penjikent, Ayni and Kukhistoni Mastchokh. This partner is a holder of adaptive research grant of the PALM project.


"Kishovarz" is a non-commercial public association created on a voluntary basis. "Kishovarz" was created in 2003. "Kishovarz" includes 10 persons who are employees of the Pamir Biological Institute. The mission of "Kishovarz" includes studying of plant and water resources as well as renewal and reproduction of a genofond of local species and kinds of agricultural crops and breeds of agricultural animals. Besides, "Kishovarz" introduces progressive cultivation methods of agricultural crops and their wild relatives. This partner is a holder of adaptive research grant of the PALM project.

Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP) of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)

The AKF established MSDSP as the first major local non-governmental organisation in the country. During the first five years, MSDSP established three major programmes, i.e. Humanitarian Assistance Programme (HAP) in 1993, the Agricultural Reform Programme (ARP) in 1994 and the Village Organisation Programme (VOP) in 1998. These programmes contributed to enhancing food security through increased local production, targeted humanitarian assistance and through diversification of agricultural activities. Apart of the activities within the project, this partner is a holder of adaptive research grant of the PALM project.

Pamir Biology Institute

The Pamir Biology Institute is one of the five institutes of the Biological and Medical Sciences Branch of the Tajik Academy of Sciences. It is located in Khorog, the administrative center of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast, which encompasses the major part of the Tajik Pamirs. The research carried out at the institute focuses on the exploration of different aspects of the flora and fauna of the high mountainous region. This partner is a holder of adaptive research grant of the PALM project.

Soil Institute

The Soil Institute falls under the umbrella of the Tajik Agricultural Academy at the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Tajikistan. The Institute conducts horticultural research and documents existing knowledge and indigenous land management best practices in the country. It maintains 15 experimental demo sites in Tajikistan located in central and southern Tajikistan where rehabilitation of sandy and saline soils is being explored and conducted. The institute is currently expanding its work to the Pamir area, where it has established a small research unit of the Agricultural Academy in cooperation with the Pamir Biological Institute. Based on the soil classification of the Pamirs that the institute has conducted, it considers undertaking research on diversification of cropping systems, and on the applicability of gravity technology for irrigation, terracing, mulching, and tree planting for improved land management in the region. This partner is a holder of adaptive research grant of the PALM project.


National Executing Agency: National Center for Mountain Regions Development (NCMRD)

The National Center for Mountain Regions Development is the arm of the Ministry of Environment Protection of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan in charge of the execution of the Pamir-Alai Sustainable Land Management Initiative in the country. NCMRD's work aims at mainstreaming rational use of natural resources and integrated development of mountain regions in Kyrgyzstan. Its activities include coordination of research on the obstacles to and possibilities for sustainable mountain development and information dissemination; development and implementation of national and international collaborative projects related to sustainable mountain development; establishment of mountain village development models; development and submission to the government of proposals for projects, policies and legal measures for sustainable mountain development in the country.

Central Asian Institute for Applied Geo-Sciences (CAIAG)

The Central Asian Institute for Applied Geo-Sciences is an independent non-profit organization, founded in 2002 on the basis of a cooperation agreement between the Government of Kyrgyzstan and the German GeoForschungsZentrum, Potsdam  The Institute is managed by a bilateral directorate (a Kyrgyz and a German Co-Directors) and supervised by a Kyrgyz-German Board of Trustees and an International Scientific Council.

Civilian Research Center (CRC)

The Civilian Research Center is a non-profit organization established in 2002. The CRC was established under support of the U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF). The Civilian Research Centre performs its studies through the multidisciplinary teams consisting of well-known researchers and experts from the leading organizations of Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyz GIS Association (KGGISA)

The Kyrgyz GIS Association  is an initiative resulting from the GIS for Central Asia Conference conducted in 2007.It was established to promote GIS knowledge across all application domains and stakeholders in the Kyrgyz Republic and to enable those interested in GIS to use it for the benefit and efficiency of their work. At the moment KGGISA is primarily involved in building and dissemination of Spatial Data Infrastructure concepts in Kyrgyzstan and in Central Asia. In 2009 it received a grant from Small Grants Programme of Global SDI to develop demo SDI for Kyrgyzstan. This partner is a holder of adaptive research grant of the PALM project.

Osh State University

The Osh State University was established in 1992. It has nine faculties in the areas of natural sciences, medicine, physics and mathematics, pedagogy, history and law, art, theology, as well as Asian and Western philological studies. The faculty of the natural sciences, which includes the departments of geography, biology, chemistry and agriculture, conducts applied research in the Pamir-Alai mountain areas in close collaboration with local NGOs.

Rural Development Fund (RDF)

The Rural Development Fund (RDF) is a not-for-profit and nongovernmental organization established in 2003 to conduct research, develop policy recommendations and implement activities in the field of the rural development. RDF strives to apply the best and most appropriate local, national and international experience to achieve development objectives. RDF provides innovative ideas and approaches while drawing on practice from the region and technical expertise in land and natural resources management, governance, social development and agricultural economics. RDF's mission is to support locally appropriate initiatives to alleviate poverty and achieve sustainable development in rural areas. RDF engages communities, policy-makers and the donor community in order to find solutions for development that meets local rural needs. This partner is a holder of adaptive research grant of the PALM project.

Public Fund "Bioresource"

Main goals of “ Bioresource” is to promote widely all areas of basic and applied biological sciences, truly scientific knowledge of biological resources, to   introduce theoretical and practical developments in the area of flora and fauna, to consolidate scientific community in discussing and solving important problems of today. This partner is a holder of adaptive research grant of the PALM project.

University of Central Asia

University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000 by the governments of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and His Highness the Aga Khan. It is the world’s first internationally chartered institution of higher education. It has three campuses of equal size and stature in each of the founding countries (under construc-tion). UCA is created to offer an internationally recognized standard of higher education in Central Asia to create knowledgeable, skilled and creative graduates who will contribute leadership, ideas and innovations to the transitioning economies and communities of the region. Though the regular academic sessions have not yet started, the UCA has initiated research partnerships with renounced research institutions across the globe and has started hosting reputed research organizations. Development of the Herders’ Manual is an initiative of UCA that is likely to contribute to the capacity of the community to manage the pastures in sustainable manner. This partner is a holder of adaptive research grant of the PALM project.


Global Environment Facility (GEF)

The Global Environment Facility , established in 1991, is an independent financial organization that helps developing countries fund projects and programs that protect the global environment and promote sustainable livelihoods in local communities. GEF grants support to projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants. GEF projects are managed by three Implementing Agencies, namely the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Bank (WB). Other International Organizations contribute to the management and execution of GEF projects as GEF Executing Agencies.

GEF Implementing Agency for the PALM project: United Nations Environment Programme

United Nations Enviroment Programme was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 with the goal to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. UNEP's work is targeted at addressing problematic issues in 16 thematic areas including Environmental Assessment, Biodiversity, Chemicals, Freshwater, Marine and Coastal Areas, Asian Tsunami Disaster, Land, Ozone, Climate Change, Energy, Urban Issues, Sports and Environment, Business and Industry, Environmental Law, Sustainable Consumption, Poverty and Environment. It operates through eight functional programmes focusing on Environmental Policy Development and Law, Early Warning and Assessment, Environmental Policy Implementation, Technology, Industry and Economics, Regional Cooperation, Environmental Conventions, Global Environment Facility Coordination, Communications and Public Information.

International Executing Agency for the PALM project: United Nations University- Institute for Environment and Human Security

The United Nations University was established by the United Nations General Assembly on 6 December 1973, constitutes a think-tank of the United Nations System engaged in research, post-graduate training and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. UNU functions through a central programming and co-ordinating body based in Tokyo, Japan and a network of 13 research and post-graduate training centres and programmes located in the developed and developing countries. It serves as a bridge between the United Nations and the international academic community, and a builder of capacities, particularly in developing countries.

The Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS ) explores problems and promotes solutions related to the environmental dimension of human security. The institute's main research aims at academic excellence in vulnerability assessment , resilience analysis, risk management and adaptation strategies within linked human-environment systems; and internal displacement and trans-boundary migration due to environmental push-factors. The Institute of Environment and Human Security is part of the Environmental Vulnerability and Energy Security Section .

Centre for Agriculture and Law (AgLaw) University of New England (UNE), Australia

The Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law at the University of New England is a law and policy research and consulting centre, which focuses on law and institutional reforms that will improve sustainable use of natural resources, and the quality of rural life. The AgLaw Centre is supported by the substantial intellectual resources of the Faculties of the Professions and Arts and Sciences. These Faculties provide access to economists, lawyers, management experts, soil scientists, production sciences, mathematicians, biologists and many other specialists. The Centre also has an extensive network of local and international academic and commercial collaborators. The AgLaw Centre also works closely with a number of Cooperative Research Centres hosted at the University, in sectors including irrigation, genetics, viticulture, livestock and poultry.

Center for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, Switzerland

The Center for Development and Environment, a research centre of the institute of Bern, Switzerland, aims to contribute to sustainable development in countries of the North, South, and East, through research partnerships, education and training, development of concepts and tools, raising awareness, and policy advice. CDE focuses on management of natural resources, integrated regional development, and interventions that mitigate syndromes of global change. It places special emphasis on highland-lowland interactions, and on high-potential - low-potential and centre - periphery relationships. CDE employs disciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches, linkinging analysis and synthesis, and combining high-end and low-end methods, such as GIS-based earth observation and participatory field-based approaches.

College of Humanities and Science, Nihon University, Japan

Nihon University aims to contribute to world peace and the welfare of humanity by relying on the Japanese spirit, valuing Japanese tradition based on its history and culture, abiding by the Constitution, cultivating the spirit of independent creativity, and by working for the development of culture. The mission of Nihon University is to develop cultured people who are of sound mind and body and conduct in-depth academic research by gathering a broad range of knowledge from around the world.

Faculty for Environmental Earth Science, Hokkaido University, Japan

Hokkaido University is a mainstay comprehensive university that places importance on its graduate schools. The university started out in 1876 as the Sapporo Agricultural College, the first modern academic institute in Japan. We have passed through a long period of history, including our time as an Imperial College, as well as during the creation of the new university system. Over this period, we have declared and cultivated our basic philosophies of education and research, namely “Frontier Spirit”, “Global Perspectives”, “All-round Education” and “Practical Learning.”

Institute of Geosphere Dynamics, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Russia

The Institute of Geosphere Dynamics (IGD RAS) was founded in 1991. It was reorganized from the Special division of the Institute of Physics of the Earth, RAS. The institute is carrying out fundamental theoretical and experimental research on dynamic processes in inner and outer geospeheres (from inner core up to ionosphere) influenced by natural and technogenetic perturbations.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Austria

The IAEA is the world’s centre of cooperation in the nuclear field. It was set up as the world’s "Atoms for Peace" organization in 1957 within the United Nations family. The Agency works with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies. The IAEA helps countries mobilize peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. The work contributes to goals of sustainable development in fields of energy, environment, health, and agriculture, among others, and to cooperation in key areas of nuclear science and technology.

National Center of Competence in Research ( NCCR ) North- South, Switzerland

The NCCR North-South is an innovative research programme in the fields of global change and sustainable development. Headquartered in Switzerland and encompassing a robust network of over 400 researchers active in more than 40 countries worldwide, it is dedicated to finding sustainable, practicable solutions to specific challenges of global change. Crucial to all NCCR North-South activities is a commitment to partnership between institutions and individuals in the northern and southern hemispheres. Research is collaboratively conducted with a special emphasis on the needs of developing and transition countries, since they are arguably under the most pressure due to accelerated global processes of environmental, economic and socio-political change. Originally launched in 2001, the NCCR North-South is one of twenty National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCRs) established by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to promote scientific advancement in vital research areas. It was founded in the belief that increasing our understanding of global change and identifying means of sustainable development is crucially important to Switzerland’s future and that of the world. The programme is jointly funded by SNSF, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the participating research institutions.

School for Development Studies, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

The School of International Development (DEV) at the University of East Anglia is a leading global centre of excellence in research and teaching in international development. With a world-class research reputation and an effective interdisciplinary ethos,the School applies economic, social, political and natural sciences to the study of international development with special emphasis on human, social and environmental change and poverty alleviation.

UNU Media Studio, Japan

The UNU Media Studio was established in March 2003 and works in collaboration with a global network of partners to develop and share open educational resources. Through a small team based in Tokyo, the UNU promotes innovation in the building of interactive content and video documentaries that engage, entertain and educate.

The core creative team is comprised of specialists in web and graphic design, documentary and multimedia production, as well as educational technology and instructional design. In developing projects, this team collaborates with subject matter experts from within the UNU, from other UN bodies and from partner universities.