"Keep Asia Green" - Volume IV

West and Central Asia

In the final phase of the Keep Asia Green Publication Project forest rehabilitation issues in six countries of West and Central Asia are addressed. These countries include Iran and Turkey in West Asia as well as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia.

The forests in West and Central Asia represent a diverse array of forest landscapes ranging from coastal forests, wetlands and lowland forests in temperate zones to arid and semi arid ecosystems as well as watershed areas in high mountain regions. According to preliminary discussions with the authors forest rehabilitation takes place in the context of very different socio-economic situations and include afforestation on barren land in semi-arid areas; tree plantings to combat desertification; rehabilitation of forests for flood prevention and protection against avalanches; management of burned forests, conservation of biological diversity, stand management of fruit tree forests, establishment of fast growing tee plantations and rehabilitation of natural Spruce and Juniper forests.

The results of the comprehensive analysis of forest rehabilitation in the region will be published as IUFRO World Series Volume 20-IV: Keep Asia Green IV "West and Central Asia". The lead authors who are coordinating the country contributions are provided in the list below.

Dr. Khosro Sagheb-Talebi
Forest Research Division, Research Institute of Forests & Rangelands
Mr. Valerie Meshkov
Zhassyl el Kasachstan
Dr. Almaz Orozumbekov
National Academy of Science of Kyrgyz Republic
Doc. Dr. Alper COLAK
Faculty of Forestry, Istanbul University
Mr. Evgeniy Botman
Republican Scientific Production Centre for Decorative Gardening and Forestry, Republic of Uzbekistan

Coordination Workshops:

A lead authors' workshop was held at Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand from 19-20 March, 2009. The workshop aimed at discussing major aspects of forest and land rehabilitation in West and Central Asia, and developing a common understanding among the authors about the focus and content of the publication. Workshop report

An editorial meeting of the lead authors of the Keep Asia Green West and Central Asia publication project was convened in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and took place at the National Academy of Sciences, Kyrgyz Republic (NAS KR) from 18 to 19 September 2009. Workshop Report