On December 5-6, 2018, a two-day seminar on capacity building and raising awareness in the field of biodiversity conservation and forestry in Kyrgyzstan was held in Bishkek. The workshop brought together more than 100 participants from representatives of the SAEPF and its structural divisions, the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic, academia, the protected areas of the Western Tian Shan and forest agencies from all regions of the country, as well as representatives of the non-governmental sector, international organizations and independent experts.
A workshop of such an expanded format is held to assist in the development of a SAEPF strategy and action plan for the next 5 years. At the workshop, based on the results of group work, it was planned to identify the main areas of work in the field of biodiversity conservation and forestry.
Opening the event, Nurlan Zhumayev, Director of the Department for Forest Ecosystems of the SAEPF, noted that such a platform is a good opportunity to discuss relevant biodiversity and forestry issues with partners. He stressed the importance of raising public awareness and environmental education for the rational use of natural resources and the preservation of biodiversity in the country. He also said that an event of such scale was held for the first time, and urged participants to take an active part in the workshop and group works.
Kumar Mambetaliev, Deputy Director of the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and SPNA of the SAEPF, in his presentation focused on the problems existing in the field of biodiversity conservation. “To implement the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic “On Specially Protected Natural Areas”, 9 sublaws are required, but today only 2 have been developed and approved. Currently, the task is to develop management plans for protected areas, improve infrastructure for the development of ecotourism and elaborate mechanisms for the functioning of ecological corridors. Thanks to the assistance from international projects, we managed to address a number of issues.”
The workshop participants discussed existing problems related to increasing capacity and environmental awareness in the field of forestry and biodiversity conservation, as well as possible solutions to these problems. The participants worked in groups in which they undertook analysis of stakeholders, identified problems in the legal and institutional context, carried out needs assessment and drafted the SAEPF Strategy and Action Plan.
The event was conducted at the initiative of the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry with support from the projects of UNDP-GEF, World Bank, FAO-GEF and GIZ.
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.