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Kabul University Botanical garden - Conserving Biodiversity in Afghanistan

Ref: EIDPR137
Type: Scoping
Project Leader: Dr Matthew Hall
Lead Institution: RBGE - Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
Host Country Institutions:
Start Date: 2010-04-01
End Date: 2011-03-31
Funding: £3,000.00
Status: Withdrawn
Regions: South Asia
Countries: Afghanistan
Purpose: The awarding of Darwin Initiative scoping funds will allow RBGE science and horticulture staff to help organise and attend a series of stakeholder meetings for the Kabul University Botanical Garden. This will provide a forum for in depth consultation of all relevant parties - including Kabul University Agricultural Faculty, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock, Purdue University and World Conservation Society. Specifically, this will allow RBGE to: • Build upon existing contacts in Kabul and solidify working partnerships in Afghanistan • Discuss the needs, expectations and concerns of key Afghan partners • Determine current status of KUBG funding and future funding needs • Identify sources of matched funding for a Darwin Initiative project from in country partners e.g. UNEP • Discuss implementation strategies for the KUBG and the relationship between KUBG and natural resource management programmes in Afghanistan • Discuss potential areas of KUBG activity, including potential research, education and public awareness projects • Plan the logistics of a R18 Darwin Initiative project (including application procedures, timescales) • Draft MOUs between RBGE and key partners in Afghanistan A scoping trip will also allow RBGE staff from science and horticulture to visit the KUBG site and assess its suitability as a focal point for biodiversity conservation initiatives in Afghanistan. Site visits will specifically enable RBGE staff to: • Assess the current capacity of the KUBG and the areas of operation which are most in need of investment • Evaluate the current infrastructure of the KUBG • Identify key members of staff for training and participation in research projects • Determine the level enthusiasm among staff for participation in a Darwin Initiative project • Assess the level of local support for the KUBG • Research the needs and objectives of potential users of the KUBG e.g. Kabul University Agricultural Faculty/Science Faculty staff and students, national and international conservation agencies.