Project "Next Steps to Conserve Cultural and Biological Diversity through Traditional Knowledge in the Kyrgyz Republic"


The public fund "Rural Development Fund" (RDF) implements the Program to support local communities to inform and introduce mechanisms Access ; and  Regulation, also separation ; Benefits  (DRV)   genetic resources in the Kyrgyz Republic

This Program is being implemented within the framework of the project "Further steps to preserve biological and cultural diversity through traditional knowledge in the Kyrgyz Republic". The project is aimed at strengthening the ability of local communities to improve their economic situation by preserving traditional knowledge (TK), protecting biological and cultural resources through the mechanisms of "Access and Equitable Benefit Sharing" (AWD). The project's activities are aimed at ; exploring the possibilities for introducing the DRV system in local communities, through informing and informing the population about access and sharing the benefits from the use of genetic resources (GR) and traditional knowledge (TK), in strengthening the capacity of the pastoral Network (custodians of traditional knowledge) "Kyrgyz el akyl kazyna" ; (KEAK) in conducting research on DRV, and creating conditions for establishing a dialogue between all stakeholders on its promotion in the country.

Providing technical and consulting support to groups of local communities to study the use of genetic resources of the area, as well as the introduction of ABS mechanisms at the local level.
The tasks of small projects are:
Awareness of local communities on ABS issues from the use of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge.
Creation of a platform for dialogue between all stakeholders on the implementation of the DRV regimes.
Providing micro-grants to local communities for conducting research activities, exchange of experience, information.

At the first stage of the implementation of the micro-grant program, local communities were preliminarily studied, where there are various experiences and skills in the application of traditional knowledge on genetic resources.
The second stage   - the stage of collecting micro-grant ideas for the implementation of the DRV mechanism in Kyrgyzstan. At this stage, members and leaders of the CEAC pastoral network across regions from communities with experience in the use of genetic resources were actively involved.
The third phase of the   program is based on a selection of community-provided ideas on genetic resources and associated TK.
The fourth stage   is the stage of implementing micro-grant ideas, RDF provides consulting and technical support in the process of implementing micro-grant ideas with the involvement of environmental specialists and experts from research organizations.
The final stage of the   micro-grant Program "Zher bailigy - El bailigy" is the organization of community festivals, actions at the places of implementation of small projects, where the results of the implemented micro-grants will be presented. The principles of the DRV will be discussed, as well as the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in the country with the involvement of the local population.

Activities to raise public awareness and discuss the basic principles of the Nagoya Protocol.
Measures to preserve natural plant resources for the subsequent protection and conservation of genetic resources.
Capacity building activities of local communities on GR and TK.
Support activities for the production of products using genetic resources and associated TK.
Conducting exchange visits between communities on experience in the use and management of genetic resources.
  Places of small projects implementation:
Communities where plant resources (berries, herbs) are actively used, where natural resources generate significant income for maintaining the well-being of households.
Communities in which local residents try to regulate the flow of tourists, visitors, and carry out their work to conserve local resources.
Communities that need support to protect crop genetic resources (eg wheat, potatoes, apricots, apples).
Communities located in areas where they carry out significant harvesting of genetic resources, such as aconite, licorice, altyn tamyr, and other plant species, as well as wild berries and other natural resources.