Raising young people’s and local communities’ environmental awareness in water-related issues in Kyrgyzstan

The project is supported by Democracy Commission of the U. S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The project aims at raising young people’s and local communities’ environmental awareness in water-related issues in Kyrgyzstan by involving the youth in participatory action research (PAR) on water-related traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of various ethnicities living in Kyrgyzstan. The project targets motivated college students and young professionals in Yssyk-Kul and Batken.

The goals were met through the:

a)  selection of field researchers  in Issyk-Kul and Batken regions on a competitive basis,

b)  Formation of multi-ethnic research groups in the Issyk-Kul and Batken,

c) Training formed groups by  PAR principles and methods for water-related traditional ecological knowledge studies

d) field research in the target regions

d) monitoring and analysis of field materials,

e) raising young people’s and communities’ environmental awareness in water-related issues water resources by focusing on traditional ecological knowledge