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