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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Workshop on piloting the Payment for Ecosystems Services tool in Kyrgyzstan – Pilot project in the Chon-Aksuu watershed
18th-19th of July 2011
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
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
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
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…
7-days fieldtrip to research about degradation and to make recommendations for a more sustainable use of pastures;
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;
4-days field trip to analyze their possible impact on water resources.
Field trip: objectives and schedule
Nature and reasons of the degradation;
Potential impact on water resources;
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)
Researches conducted (2)