Pasture Governance

Published: 22 November 2019
Last edited: 22 November 2019

Improvement of the legal framework

Tajikistan faces a major problem of unsustainable grazing pressure from high livestock numbers and insufficient pasture management. The country is in dire need of better pasture governance based on a solid legal basis. Therefore, GIZ Tajikistan has worked on the improvement of the legal framework and facilitated a dialogue between different stakeholders.

Additionally, and institutional analysis on pasture management in Tajikistan that outlines the institutional and legal set-up and distribution of roles and responsibilities in the pasture management sector of Tajikistan has been conducted together with other organisations to support the governance process in the future. 


Further, a Pasture Management Networking Platform has been supported. The objective of the PMNP is to contribute to the sustainable management of pastures in Tajikistan. The objective is pursued through national dialogue and knowledge exchange based on practical and on-the-ground experiences of the pasture management network members.


Alliance and partnership development
Communication, outreach and awareness building
Education, training and other capacity development activities
Legal and policy frameworks, policy advocacy
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution
Planning phase
Inception phase

Enabling factors

1. Conduct an institutional analysis on pasture management in Tajikistan

2. Support a strong law on Pasture and feasible by-laws 

3. Support the establishment of Pasture User Unions (PUU)*


*Pasture User Unions (PUU) are comprised of pasture users and are established at the jamoat (rural municipality) level with members from several villages. It is a formal organisation, replete with a statute and legal registration, stamp and bank account.


Lessons learned

When improving the pasture governance the following should be considered:

  • Inform all stakeholders on the pasture law and support the enforcement of the by-laws;
  • Specify the roles and responsibilities in pasture management and ensure all stakeholders are aware of their roles and responsibilities;
  • Identify entry-points for future improvement of the legal framework;
  • Ensure good donor coordination;
  • Support the creation of Pasture User Unions (PUU) and Commission on Pastures (CoP);
  • Encourage knowledge transfer of good practices.