Revitalising the biocultural heritage through integrated rangeland and wildlife management

What we are doing
Implementation Period
  • Implementation Period: 2018 - 2019
  • Donor organization: Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Geographical location: Ат-Башинский район, Нарынская область, Кыргызская Республика.
The project partners were the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Melioration of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Department of Protection and Use of Natural Resources of the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry of the Kyrgyz Republic, local self-government bodies, pasture committees, hunters, secondary educational institutions, communities of ayil aimags of Acha-Kaiyndy, Ak-Muz, Bash-Kaiyndy, Ak-Talaa, Kazybek of At-Bashi district, Naryn province.

Project Background

The cooperation of the Giai committees and the hunters in a joint development of pasture use plans, taking into account the areas for wildlife reproduction, the so-called "silent" zones, contributed to the conservation of biodiversity in general. This approach, as part of the pasture management plans, will be implemented in similar projects in the future in order to disseminate the experience gained to other areas and districts, to inform both local residents and decision makers to promote appropriate changes in the Kyrgyz Republic laws "On Hunting and Game Management" and "On Pastures".

Project Objectives & Goals

The aim of the project was to revive the biocultural heritage, to establish reliable and sustainable mechanisms for the protection of the snow leopard and other wildlife through integrated rangeland management.

Project Result

One of the objectives of the project was to review the legislative framework. As part of this activity, a draft law "On Amendments to Legislative Acts of the Kyrgyz Republic in the Field of Hunting" was prepared - the laws of the Kyrgyz Republic "On Hunting and Game Management" and "On Pastures". The draft law was aimed at regulating relations and mitigating conflicts between communities and hunting users (hunting companies) when using natural resources (taking into account wildlife conservation) and improving socio-economic development of local communities.

The legislative initiative was discussed during public hearings and at the Consultative Coordinating Council on Strengthening Pasture Reform in Kyrgyzstan with participation of stakeholders and submitted for consideration to the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.

During the project activities members of 75 pasture committees working in the pilot area, about 80 hunters, more than 100 local residents – elders, hunters, shepherds, 50 teachers and secondary school students – were involved.