Representatives of local self-government bodies and pasture committees of Naryn oblast visit Suusamyr to learn about pasture management practices

30 Aug 2013

imageVisitors from Naryn are visitng a barley seed fund managed by one of the local pasture committees.

Suusamyr, Kyrgyztsan– On August 28-29 the heads of five rural districts and pasture committees of Atbashy and Naryn regions of Naryn oblast visited Suusamyr rural district to learn about efficient pasture management practices. The visitors learned about activities of pasture committees and the work of the E-Pasture Committee electronic information management system, which is planned to be implemented in Naryn oblast as part of the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative.

The participants also learned about results of economic projects that help preserve environment of Suusamyr rural district through helping local people do agricultural businesses.

“Our rural administration is dealing with many issues  as socio-economic planning, providing the social and cultural services to population and others. But we live far from the regional center, and climate in Suusamyr Valley is very severe. Therefore our main task is to support the most vulnerable, poor and needy people.  Unfortunately our local budget is short of funds, I don’t know when if we could’ve bought a grain-cleaner, equipped out tractor into bulldozer and opened a sewing facility for women. But now we can demonstrate all these achievements to our compatriots from Naryn oblast” says Aybek Myrzakmatov, head of Suusamyr rural district, commenting on the three small projects.

During these two days representatives from Naryn oblast learned about the work of “Suusamyr” pasture committee which is the key pasture management body in Suusamyr valley. Experts of Suusamyr local self-government demonstrated the work of the electronic pasture management system E-Pasture Committee, which was tested and implemented by UNDP and recognized as an effective tool for dynamic pasture management. The system was recommended by the Kyrgyz Ministry of Agriculture for further expansion and introduction in other country regions this information system enables to effectively manage pasture resources and carry out monitoring of the state and degradation of pastures. Currently, the system is being implemented in five local self-government administrations of Naryn oblast. Besides UNDP is helping to carry out inventory and economic analysis of pastures in several areas of Naryn oblast and it is planned to develop the similar information system on the basis of two mentioned districts. The work on development of cattle grazing plan and mapping pastures in pilot territories is also underway.

Abakir Sadyrov, chairman of pasture committees of Naryn oblast: “Establishment of these electronic systems on pasture management in our districts will improve the work of our pasture committees, relieve the burden on village pastures and boost work efficiency in collecting the payments for pasture rent”.

Participants from Naryn oblast were really interested in activity of more than 120 registered local communities effectively functioning in Suusamyr. 

All demonstrated projects funded by the initiative are intended to improve the welfare of poor and vulnerable population and assist in establishing the alternative types of income generating activities and minimizing the adverse environmental impact.

UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative is implemented by the KR Government with UNDP and UNEP assistance and foresees the rendering of financial and technical support with the aim of integration of ecological priorities and issues of poverty reduction into national, sectoral and local development plans.  The administration of first vice prime-minister of the KR, Ministry of Economy, State Agency on local self-governance and inter-ethnic relations and State Agency on environment protection and forestry are the key executive partners of UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative in Kyrgyzstan.

Five local self-governments of Naryn oblast and Suusamyr local-self administration, where population mostly engaged with cattle breeding, were selected as pilot territories with Initiative framework. Strategic development plans for above mentioned pilots will be updated in view of integration of ecological priorities, issues of poverty reduction and rational exploitation of existing natural resources.