Assessment of the socio-economic impact of the public nature reserve "Baiboosun" on the population of local villages
Nature Conservation, Social studies
In 2019, residents of three mountain villages of the Ton district of the Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan created the public nature reserve "Baiboosun" on the slopes of the Teskey (Terskey) Ala-Too ridge: home to the snow leopard and plenty of other endangered animal and plant species. This model of a nature reserve run by the community was, and still is, a very new biodiversity conservation tool, not only for Kyrgyzstan, but even globally, which also remains unexplored as a model for the socioeconomic development of the local population.
Snow Leopards
Therefore, we're looking for students eager to assess the socio-economic impact of the public nature reserve "Baiboosun" on three local villages. Over the course of 8 days research camp, you will have the opportunity to analyze this nature reserve from different perspectives, participate in a 2-day field trip to the villages to acquire first-hand knowledge, conduct interviews with the local population and also enjoy the beauty of the reserve.
Landscapes of Baboosun nature reserve
At the end of this research camp, our team, guided by the tutor, will come up with recommendations for all stakeholders on further development of socio-economic factors, which in turn will help protect biodiversity for future generations. Not only that, but you'll also gain invaluable experience as well as insight into community development and environmental activism.

So, if you're passionate about making a positive contribution to society and preserving our environment, then we are waiting for you! Join us in our journey towards understanding how new types of nature reserves can contribute to ecological sustainability while providing economic benefits to local communities.
Requirements to the students: Interest in the preservation of the environment, nature, the problem of climate change, experience in creating information materials for the media is desirable.

Sviatoslav Lykhin

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Sviatoslav is Graduate of the American University in Central Asia in the fields of European Studies and Environmental Sustainability and Climate Science. Over the past two years, as part of the "Students of Kyrgyzstan for a Green Economy" team, he has been promoting the ideas of environmental sustainability, sustainable development, "green" economy, responsible consumption and respect for nature among young people. He was a delegate from the Kyrgyz Republic at regional forums in Central Asia, the UN International Youth Climate Conference COY17. In addition, Sviatoslav w\coordinated tree planting campaign in the mountain ecosystems of Kyrgyzstan and was a speaker in information campaigns on climate change. He plays debates, he is fond of science, language learning and enjoys mountain tourism and sports.

Ilgiz Tursunov

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Project coordinator in the Public Association "Students of Kyrgyzstan for Green Economy". For as long as a year and a half, Ilgiz has been working in the sphere of climate change, promoting envionmental principles of sustainable development among young people. He was the coordinator of the national campaign of youth forest plantations "Zhashyl Muras", the "Teskey Camp" scientific and tourist camp, and the "Green Nomads" country project to raise awareness of youth on climate change issues. Ilgiz represented the delegation of Kyrgyzstan at the Central Asian Youth Forum in Kazakhstan. He is interested in the topic of water resources, and various ways to solve climate problems, fond of the history and culture of the indigenous peoples of the world. He sees one of his current missions as greening the territories of Kyrgyzstan.
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