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Workshop on piloting the Payment for Ecosystems Services tool in Kyrgyzstan – Pilot project in the Chon-Aksuu watershed. 18th-19th of July 2011 Cholpon-Ata EcoCentre. First assessments in 2009 – highlight problem with water quality

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18th 19th of july 2011 cholpon ata ecocentre

Workshop on piloting the Payment for Ecosystems Services tool in Kyrgyzstan – Pilot project in the Chon-Aksuu watershed

18th-19th of July 2011

Cholpon-Ata

EcoCentre


18th 19th of july 2011 cholpon ata ecocentre

First assessments in 2009 – highlight problem with water quality

Overgrazing and forest degradation/deforestation were pointed to have the main impact on water resources

2010 fundraising – ReSource Award 2011

May-July 2011 – scientific assessments (pastures, forests, landslides) meetings with stakeholders, discussions about the PES contract

Background of the project


18th 19th of july 2011 cholpon ata ecocentre

Researches

2009 – General pilot site assessment:

General overview of the area, presentation of local economical and ecological characteristics, first

2011 – Researches on:

Capacity of ecosystems to provide services

Pasture use, pasture degradation and impact on water

Forest use, degradation and impact on water

Landslides, impact on water and possible management

Activities achieved

  • Discussions with stakeholders

    • 2010 – Workshop in Almaty on PES and recommendations from the United States Forestry Service

    • 2011 – Different individual or group meetings with local stakeholders ; meeting with the Governor of the Oblast


18th 19th of july 2011 cholpon ata ecocentre

Working mostly on pastures and forests degradation;

Determining the Hydrological Services they provide thanks to the input of an international expert for very accurate scientific researches;

Making recomendations for an improvment of the Hydrologival Services provision;

Having a brief look to the landslides but without planning special activities or researches for them;

Creating a PES system involving the water and pasture users association, and the Forestry Unit.

Initial project planning


18th 19th of july 2011 cholpon ata ecocentre

Discussions with locals and first scientific researches showed that:

Pastures are indeed degraded, but the impact of this degradation on water was probably overestimated;

The impact on landslides is probably important than what we thought.

A plan is a plan…

  • Modification of the plan:

  • Cancellation of the trip for international expert;

  • Reallocation of funds to landslides assessment and possibly for water quality tests;

  • Integration of tourists and mushroom collecters in the PES mechanism


18th 19th of july 2011 cholpon ata ecocentre

Pastures:

7-days fieldtrip to research about degradation and to make recommendations for a more sustainable use of pastures;

Forests:

2-days fieldtrip to identify the areas degraded, the type and reasons of the degradation and to make recommendatons for a better protection of the forest;

Landslides:

4-days field trip to analyze their possible impact on water resources.

Field trip: objectives and schedule

  • Recommendations are the main scientific input for discussions in this workshop, they will be the base of the working group sessions.


18th 19th of july 2011 cholpon ata ecocentre

Pastures:

Places degraded;

Nature and reasons of the degradation;

Potential impact on water resources;

Mapping;

Technical and institutional recommendations to improve the situation;

Inclusion of these recommendations in the PES Scheme;

Proposition for a Monitoring and Evaluation plan.

Researches conducted (1)

  • Forest:

    • Places degraded;

    • Places where the regeneration is limited;

    • Nature and reason of the degradations (grazing, illegal logging);

    • Proposition for a Monitoring and Evaluation plan;

    • Inclusion of these recommendations in the PES Scheme;


18th 19th of july 2011 cholpon ata ecocentre

Researches conducted (2)

  • Landsildes:

    • Identification of the different landslides in the watershed;

    • Granulometric and geologic analysis of the ground;

    • Technical recommendations for decreasing their impact on water quality;

    • Proposition for a Monitoring and Evaluation plan;

    • Inclusion of these recommendations in the PES Scheme;


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