New video on COMDEKS activities around Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan

SGP Kyrgyzstan recently produced this video on COMDEKS-supported initiatives as part of the ex-post baseline assessment of landscape activities. The coastal area around Lake Issyk-Kul, the largest lake in Kyrgyzstan and one of the 25 largest lakes in the world, marks the target landscape for the 17 supported projects. These projects have been focusing on the restoration of degraded land in the coastal zone of the lake, re-vegetation of drylands, restoration of wetlands, biodiversity conservation, and the creation of nurseries of wild endemic plant species, combining traditional practices with modern technologies.

The video introduces some of the diverse ecosystems and landscapes found in Kyrgyzstan and particularly elaborates on specific characteristics of the area surrounding lake Issyk-Kul, highlighting its significance for biodiversity protection. It further showcases the different supported projects and their achievements, which included the rehabilitation of local endemic fish species through a social enterprise approach, conservation of the “Kara-Oi” dendrological park and medicinal plants, protection of the red-listed Central Asian Frog and contribution to the conservation of other endangered species such as the snow leopard and mountain sheep, expanded cultivation of local fruit species and beekeeping, strengthened national law on biosafety and regulation on GMO (genetically modified organism) products, and adoption of solar energy technologies.

For direct access to the video page, click here.

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