In November 26, the Rural Development Fund held an information meeting “Jer-Bailygy-El Bailygy” in Talas oblast, as part of the activities of the National Engagement Strategy of Kyrgyzstan members of the International Land Coalition (NES ILC www.landcoalition.org) with participation of school teachers from Talas district, parents of schoolchildren who are concerned about the conservation of natural resources, access to them and fair sharing of benefits. Also, representatives of local government and mass media took part.
The meeting was devoted to the theme of the Nagoya Protocol “Access and equitable distribution of benefits from the use of local resources” and was held under the motto “Each resource of the Kalba gorge is equal to gold”. Participants actively expressed their position in the discussions, talked about the problems they face in the area on biodiversity conservation. Also, they expressed the opinion about the need to inform every resident and especially the leaders of villages, in such important and urgent problems today as genetic resources of the area, the problem of their export outside the community and the country; access to information about international documents as the Nagoya Protocol, to increase their civil liability. They emphasized the importance of educating the younger generation through school subjects: geography, history, biology and other humanitarian subjects such as the Kyrgyz language, literature with examples of local natural resources through new innovative methods, such as the use of an interactive whiteboard, a “green class” and a school nursery.