Field visit to the Naryn District, 7 - 11 April 2014

The first field visit to Naryn District, Kyrgyzstan took place on 7-11th April 2014. A select project team met with Eki Naryn village committees and other influential members of the sub-district. An important outcome of these meetings was the refinement of our understanding of poverty alleviation issues from the village perspective. Poor road access to summer pastures and a non-systematic distribution of irrigation facilities were highlighted by local stakeholders as priorities for improved ecosystem service provision. Both concerns appear to be linked to problems with re-establishing self-governance after the breakdown of centralized governance structures from the Soviet era. The visit also strengthened coordination between the central team, local partners and collaborators (i.e. the University of Central Asia and Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP) of the Aga Khan Foundation).

Overlooking the Naryn valley
Overlooking the Naryn valley

Meeting with representatives from the local communities
Meeting with local representatives from the village communities

Soil erosion in the pastures
Soil erosion in the near pastures