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is a not-for-profit and nongovernmental policy and research organization established in 2003 to conduct research, develop policy recommendations, and implement activities in the field of the rural development.

Rural Development Fund

is a not-for-profit and nongovernmental policy and research organization established in 2003 to conduct research, develop policy recommendations, and implement activities in the field of the rural development.

Rural Development Fund

is a not-for-profit and nongovernmental policy and research organization established in 2003 to conduct research, develop policy recommendations, and implement activities in the field of the rural development.

Rural Development Fund




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Community Co-management of Mountainous Ecosystems Model in the Kyrgyz Republic

Kyrgyzstan is rich with forests biodiversity which play a crucial role in maintaining ecological well-being of the region providing vital environmental functions, ensuring water supply and serving as a valuable gene pool for many plants and animals. Forests are also very important for maintaining livelihoods and cultural values of local communities. However, fragmented, not transparent and ineffective management system of forest eco systems had led to a growing number of conflicts between local governments, communities and forestry management bodies over access to resources and sharing benefits from their use, as well as significant environmental degradation. In this regards, with a generous support of TCF, RDF had successfully completed a two-year Project Promoting Community Joint Forest

Main Facts 


Project implementation period: February 1, 2014 -January, 2016.

Project location: Chui oblast, Kemin rayon, Kok Oirok Ayil okrug,  Karool-Dobo, Kemin National Park.

Donor: Christensen Fund, USA


- Chon Kemin National Park;

- Karool-Dobo Meikin Jamaat;


- Pasture Department under the Ministry of Agriculture;

-The local government bodies.


Management in Kyrgyzstan in 2013. The proposed project will be built on learned lessons and results of that Project. The major results were: i) the formation of community forest users’ organizations - meikyn jamaat(MJ, landscape community), with its representative committee consisting of 13 persons in two localities and raising its awareness and capacity to manage resources; ii) first time in Kyrgyzstan allocation of a large protected areas to community for management for 5 years led to significant decrease by about 10 times in illegal extraction of resources; iii) community led inventory of resources and implementation of basic improvement plan. This model is extremely innovative for Kyrgyzstan because it doesn’t separate landscape resources for management, but accepts them as parts of one ecosystem. The complexity of such holistic approach requires significant resources and time to empower community to be able to manage the ecosystem fairly, with clear understanding and appreciation. In that regards, the major purpose of the new project is jointly with the local community to reflect and finalize development of the co management model with specific developed tools, such as guidelines for inventory of resources based on traditional knowledge, guidelines for development and implementation of landscape management plan and participatory monitoring, as well as policy and legal recommendations.  The MJ requires further strengthening, especially with technical and organizational skills to ensure sound and fair management of resources. It requires technical support in widening its revenue basis to be able to cover cost of forest maintenance.


Purpose of this Project

The goal of the project is to strengthen resilience of mountainous communities through development and mainstreaming a model for holistic co management of ecosystem resources. 

Main activities of the project

-Completion of development of Model for Community Co-management for Mountainous Ecosystems (CCME).  RDF and MJ will finalize     the CCME Model with the design and testing of the following methodologies and tools. KDMJ will be testing these tools and provide feedback for their finalization with the RDF.

- Strengthening capacity of a local institution Karool-Dobo meikyn jamaaty.

RDF in consultation with the members of the KDMJ and based on their needs will develop capacity building program for KDMJ on organizational issues, governance mechanisms, including on transparency, accountability, inclusion.  RDF will announce a competition and also will form contest commission for realization the program of small projects which is oriented on initiative realization of KDMJ representatives on ecotourism development.

- Developing recommendations and mainstreaming in a policy.  

On the basis of this innovative model of Community Mountainous Forest Ecosystems Co-Management there will be developed the specific policy recommendations for the State counterparts on how the co-management regime of forestry enterprises and protected areas can be effectively implemented.  The developed and tested innovative model is expected to be mainstreamed into the forestry sector policy.


Expected results

To create policy and legal environment for strengthening resilience through harmony between communities and their landscape based on community management of mountainous ecosystem resources. The Project would focus on installing accountability and governance safeguards in work of community committee, on developing participatory management plan with monitoring on raising awareness developing policy and legal recommendations.   

Partners and participants

 Chon-Kemin National Park,

 Karool-Dobo meikin jamaat,

 State Agency on Environmental Protection and Forestry of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (SAEPF),

 Pasture Department (PD) under the Ministry of Agriculture,

 The local government bodies (aiyl okmotu, aiyl kenesh, pasture committees).

Rural Development Fund

143, Isanova Street, Office 1

Bishkek, 720033, Kyrgyz Republic

Mob. phone: +996 (770)330106 

Email: general@rdf.in.kg

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