Knowledge Management for Integrated Watershed Management and Disaster Risk Reductioin

Project Facts

01/07/2012 31/12/2015
Payment Mechanisms / Support
  • SDC (Swiss Development and Cooperation
  • Department of Foreign Affairs)
  • BMZ (Germany)
  • UK Aid
  • Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern
  • University of Central Asia, CAMP Khuhiston
Central Asia

CARITAS Switzerland
Willem van Weperen
Caritas Schweiz
Löwenstrasse 3
6002 Luzern

Tel: +41 41 419 22 22
Fax: +41 41 419 24 24

Swiss Cooperation Office in Tajikistan
Mr. Anvar Sabzaliev
National Program Officer
Disaster Risk Reduction
3, Tolstoy Street, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Phone: +(992 37) 224 73 16
Phone/ Fax: +(992 44) 600 54 55

Alternative Email

Case overview/description

Main Challenges
Pasture degradation, Improve sustainable livestock production, Managing the commons
Starting point/ Challenges
  • High stocking rates because community pasture areas are decreasing and households highly depend on livestock
  • Incentives for investment are lacking because access to community pastures is insecure
  • Inadequate knowledge related to sustainable pasture management and smallholder livestock keeping
  • Increased disaster risk because of degraded pastures and increased rainwater run-off and sediment transport
  • Low off-take from livestock because of low pasture yields
Purpose/ Objectives addressed, Results expected
  • Establish Village Livestock (Land use) Committee, develop capacities of members
  • Secure long term user rights for communal pastures
  • Introduce rotational grazing (& provide funds for investments) and other pasture improvement technologies
  • Increase fodder resource base & improve animal health.
Type of Case
Capacity building, Land development, Livestock development
Agroecological zone
Arid (< 75 LGP)
Number of people
18 village Livestock Committees
Land ownership
Livestock system
Livestock Type
Cattle, Goats, Sheep
Methods / Approaches applied to reach objectives

Establishment of the Livestock Association Muminabad platform

Outcome/ Beneficiaries/ Issues

Knowledge Exchange

Knowledge exchange through the establisment of a platform and of village livestock committees

Lessons learnt

Village Livestock Committees are suitable institutions to take charge of community pasture development and are already making a substantial contribution towards sustainable land management and rural livelihood improvement through introduction of rotational grazing and other sustainable pasture management practices
Pasture assessment is an effective learning tool for Village Livestock Committees to improve their pasture management skills and has the potential to be used for measuring project impact
Livestock Association Muminabad with membership of 18 VLCs, provides a good platform to defend the interest of community pasture users and has gained recognition, through representation of Muminabad pasture users in the national pasture network


- Natural Resource Management
- Market access and trade
- Livelihood support to livestock producers
- Overall project management and institutional strengthening