Today UNDP organized a round-table on development of an animated video based on the epic of “Manas”. The video will be dedicated to issues of environmental protection. The discussion brought together leading experts of the National Academy of Sciences, representatives of the SAEPF, PF "Rukh Aalamy", civil society and mass media.

The epos “Manas” is a unique product of the spiritual culture of the Kyrgyz people. The participants discussed various versions of products for the environmental education of children - animated videos, dolls, comics, coloring books, as well as issues requiring attention and interest of children to the heroes of folk art, which form a sense of respect for nature. As a result, the most “ecological” episodes of epics have been proposed, which could become the basis for the scenario of children's video products.

One of the participants of the round-table Ryspay Isakov, manaschi (Manas teller), highlighted the importance of environmental education of children via the ideals of Manas and shared his expectations. “The prime objective is to develop a product which can be used for the ecoeducation of children.  Currently, we are discussing which episodes from the epic will form the basis of cartoons, what the characters will look like. There is still assiduous and diligent work ahead, but most importantly, we are not standing still, the process is underway,” said Ryspay Isakov.

According to Renat Tuleberdiev, a representative of the PF “Rukh Aalamy”, they began to engage in the project of creating a cartoon film from November 2017. “The UNDP helps us in implementing these plans within the framework of the biodiversity conservation project in the Western Tian Shan, with which we cooperate,” said Renat Tuleberdiev. 

The UNDP-GEF project “Conservation of globally important biodiversity and associated land and forest resources of Western Tian Shan mountain ecosystems to support sustainable livelihoods” is aimed at promoting a landscape approach on protection of internationally important biodiversity, and land and forest resources in the Western Tian Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan. The project is designed for a five-year period and has been implemented since 2017.

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