Sustainable Land Management to Combat Desertification - Phase II

What is the Project About

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The project aims to combat land degradation & desertification in Pakistan in order to protect and restore degraded ecosystems and essential ecosystem services that are key to reducing poverty. The Sustainable Land Management Project (SLMP) Phase-I has been designed to implement United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and for combating land degradation & desertification in Pakistan with the involvement of key stakeholders. This is a multi-sectoral project which requires a long-term strategy in order to ensure that project benefits are sustained.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

  1. Creating enabling environment for mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management (SLM) into sectoral policies and planning: The project conducted sectoral reviews of National Forest Water and Agriculture Policies in the context of SLM, NAP & UNCCD. NAP Review & Gap Analysis was conducted. Project proposal for developing an Integrated Financial Strategy (IFS) for implementation of NAP and SLM prepared and got approved from Global Mechanism of the UNCCD who signed an agreement for transferring a grant of US$130,000 to the UNDP for implementation of the project. Project proposal for “NAP Alignment and Strengthening National Reporting Processes”, requesting GEF grant of US$135,000 was prepared and submitted to GEF. GEF has approved the project for funding. PIF of up-scaling phase of SLMP prepared and got approved from GEF Council. Operational guidelines for development of local SLM funds prepared; 5 such funds established with community contribution for 8 villages in D.I. Khan and Tharparker districts. The funds provided loans to the local community members for SLM interventions.
  2. Capacity building of line agencies and other implementing partners for SLM: Conducted 9 national workshops, 10 provincial/district workshops and training workshops for 2,800 community activists. National Coordination Committee to Combat Desertification reconstituted & 4 Provincial Coordination Committees to Combat Desertification established. Training Need Assessment completed. Implemented 2 Targeted Research Projects; one Public-Private Partnership project; and “Flood/Drought Early Warning System” in collaboration with the Pakistan Meteorological Department and WFP. Conducting a study on “Operational and policy aspects of the Rodh Kohi System” in collaboration with University of Agriculture, Peshawar. Developed advocacy & awareness raising material and prepared draft Communication Strategy for SLMP. Observed “World Day to Combat Desertification” each year on 17th June.
  3. Mainstreaming SLM Principles into Land Use Planning: Prepared draft guidelines for village and national level land use planning. Village Land use Plans of 62 villages were prepared in collaboration with local CBOs; line departments and NGOs. Land cover and thematic maps of  9 pilot districts were prepared. Geo-database of 63 villages was prepared. SLMP website was developed and up-dated. Conducted a study on “Role of GIS/RS in SLM”.
  4. Implemented Nine pilot projects to demonstrate SLM practices in 9 districts (2 in Punjab, 2 Sindh, 2 NWFP and 3 in Balochistan) covering 63 villages. The focus of these projects is on combating land degradation and desertification through integrating management of land resources. The major interventions include dry afforestation, rangeland rehabilitation, rain water harvesting, soil conservation works, promotion of rain-fed agriculture and low delta crops, establishing shelterbelts, micro irrigation system, plantation forest and fruit tree plantation, establishment of farmers’ nurseries etc.
  5. Lessons learnt, evaluation & adaptive management: Independent evaluation of SLMP Phase-I conducted by UNDP through independent consultant. Project Steering Committee established, and it held 5 meetings. Organized project Inception Workshop & report prepared. Prepared Progress Reviews and Work Plans.Four best practices as case studies were prepared & shared with UNCCD Secretariat for publishing, one of these was published by UNCCD. Project Technical Committee held its meeting in 2011.

Who Finances it?

Multi-lateral Fund, Montreal Protocol Unit

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