Protecting biodiversity through traditional knowledge

The final event "Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge" of the project funded by the Christensen Foundation was held in May 2018 together with Kasymkul Nanaev Secondary School in Aral village of Talas district.

As part of the festival, students of Kasymkul Nanaev Secondary School held a drawing competition "Our neighborhood in the village of genetic resources" and an exhibition "Aitmatov and natural art works" dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the great writer Chingiz Aitmatov. The winners and participants of the festival were awarded with valuable gifts. In addition, a photo exhibition with pictures, nomadic cuisine, traditional games and concert programs were organized and held as part of the cheerful holiday.

Special guests of the holiday were Semetey Serikbaev, Mayor of the district Talan Risbaev, Chairman of the local kenesh, Abdimalik Sulaimanov, Deputy Mayor of the district, and Zhyldyz Mambetova, members of Kyrgyz El Akyl Kazyna, guests from local communities, Talas district and representatives of the city education department, media, storytellers, singers, poets, batachi (spiritual performer), members of salbuurun (traditional hunters), school administration, students, and villagers all participated in the meeting.
RDF provided information on genetic resources and traditional knowledge to more than 500 festival participants.

Here are some comments from the participants:
"I observed how much effort was put into organizing this festival. You have been able to demonstrate the need for a close connection between nature and our youth. In the scenes of the performance "The Wealth of the Land is the Wealth of the People", you did a good job of showing that traditionally the Kyrgyz have been in harmony with nature. You demonstrated the national values of the Kyrgyz, from our traditional clothing at the parade to our traditional food at the festival. I really felt that you feel, believe and cherish the various natural resources. It was a great festival! Everything was top notch!" (A batachi from Zhaparkul Chon-Ata)

"I am very glad that you held this festival together with students. Because they got information about our values. They know what properties nature has." (Dinara Sabatova, head of the public association "Muras")

"We together with the festival organizer went around the whole village and collected information from our grandparents! We enjoyed the festival. We tried to behave decently so as not to annoy the visitors. Also, thank you for the Salbuurun games. We enjoyed it very much!" (Sirga Kubatbekov, 9th grade student of Kasymkul Nanaev Secondary School).
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