MSRI Develops Country Strategy for Environmental Grants Programme in Kyrgyzstan
The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) received a grant from the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) to develop a Country Strategy for the Programme in Kyrgyzstan. As part of this collaboration, MSRI will assist GEF SGP in prioritising its programme interventions in the country during the Operational Phase-7 of GEF.
“A key element of this partnership is to develop a strategic document, which will guide the provision of grants to support environmental initiatives of grassroot NGOs, in collaboration with leading national NGOs and government authorities,” said Maksim Kulikov, MSRI Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Strategy Working Group. “The process of developing the strategy is very participatory, and it is being made as inclusive as possible in order to ensure the priorities of stakeholders are being met.”
UCA’s MSRI organised a workshop on March 10th 2020 in Bishkek to identify priority development areas in Kyrgyzstan related to the environment. The event gathered over 40 representatives from the State Environment Protection bodies, NGOs, as well as academia. Participants discussed current issues in the country including species and environmental conservation, natural resource management, transboundary water management, chemical pollution, pasture degradation, and alternative sources of income for local populations. They also mapped out current projects in Kyrgyzstan to find synergies between stakeholders, avoid project duplication, and achieve a greater impact.
Maksim Kulikov (right), MSRI Research Fellow, led a discussion on the priority areas in Kyrgyzstan.
According to Nurlanbek Sharshenkulov, National Coordinator of GEF SGP in Kyrgyzstan, the Programme will focus on funding local community-led environmental projects within a given priority area. SGP plans to also review, analyse, and codify results to allow replication and scale up ofbest practices within the country, and in other parts of the world.
The Small Grants Programme has been implemented in Kyrgyzstan since 2001, and 293 projects have been supported with grants totaling US$4.6 million. GEF SGP works in 125 countries and provides civil society and community-based organisations with grants to enable them to tackle global environmental challenges while addressing local sustainable development needs.