The project included the following tasks:
1. to study the state of pastures and their use on the territory of 2 pilot PAs and 4 pilot aiyl aimaks, to assess the capacity of pastures, taking into account the feeding of wild animals and their migration corridors
To train pilot pasture committees in the implementation of new tools for pasture management
3. To develop cooperation between the directorates of pilot PAs, leskhozes and Aiyl aimak LSGs, including pasture management committees on pasture management on the territory of PAs, leskhozes and accounting for feeding and migration of wild animals
4. Development/Improvement of pasture management plans for 2-pilot PAs and 4 pilot aiyl aimaks taking into account the results of the pasture study
5. Undertake training on the use of the e-jayit committee.
The first stage of the project work was devoted to the development of four methodologies on (1) conducting a land inventory study; (2) conducting a geo-botanical survey of pastures taking into account migration corridors and feeding areas for wildlife, including mapping (3) on economic assessment of pastures; (4) on counting the number of livestock and pasture users in aiyl aimaks and PAs, as well as counting the number of wild animals in the pasture areas of aiyl aimaks and PAs taking into account the feed consumption rates for all types of domestic and wild animals.
The main goal of the project is to strengthen ecosystem sustainability and habitat connectivity in the western Tien Shan through the regulation of land use and forest use in buffer zones and corridors.
Four methodologies were presented to local communities at roundtables, the total number was 12. The participants - representatives of state natural parks, local governments, pasture committees - approved the methodologies which will be used in the future for field studies.
Pasture management skills were assessed among the pasture committees to learn modern tools for the practice. The missing knowledge and skills were acquired by the representatives of the committees, LSGs, pasture users association during a series of trainings (total number of 12) held in the pilot aiyl aimaks.
The project team conducted a survey among pasture committees, where the "electronic zhaiyt committee" system is installed, about the functioning of this software and possible improvements.
Project activities also included the development of regulations on the committee for joint management of pastures located on the territory of PAs and aiyl aimaks, taking into account the migration and feeding corridors of wild animals.