The SGP Kyrgyzstan Country Programme has recently released a new video demonstrating the activities and benefits of two COMDEKS-supported projects in the socio-ecologic production landscape (SEPL) of Lake Issyk-Kul.
Both projects focused on addressing the issue of severe shortages in water supply of the Issyk-Kul region with the aim of restoring degraded land and reviving fruit cultivation among local communities. The CBO Jamaat “Dastan” re-established a local drip-irrigation system that had been abandoned since the 90s, and trained local farmers in sustainable fruit cultivation, among other activities. The video further illustrates the benefits of this project, which include income generation opportunities, reduced pollution of Lake Issyk-Kul, and an ecological balance in the landscape. The other project highlighted in the video was implemented at the Southeastern peninsula of Issyk-Kul, Kara-Bulun, by the CBO Jamaat “Kainar-Bulagy”, which was established in 2013 by local villagers aiming to preserve the traditional ecological knowledge of fruit planting. With the support of the COMDEKS programme, the organization successfully restored 30 ha of degraded land, planted over 10,000 fruit trees and ensured a sustainable water supply by establishing a water reservoir with a connected drip-irrigation system, while at the same time reducing the amount of water needed for the cultivation of fruits.