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is a not-for-profit and nongovernmental policy and research organization established in 2003 to conduct research, develop policy recommendations, and implement activities in the field of the rural development.

Rural Development Fund

is a not-for-profit and nongovernmental policy and research organization established in 2003 to conduct research, develop policy recommendations, and implement activities in the field of the rural development.

Rural Development Fund

is a not-for-profit and nongovernmental policy and research organization established in 2003 to conduct research, develop policy recommendations, and implement activities in the field of the rural development.

Rural Development Fund

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International Land Coalition (ILC) Asia Land Forum and Regional Assembly has conducted in Kyrgyzstan

Participation of RDF in ILC's Forum

RDF took part in festival "Shirge Zhyar" in Talas region

LOSL took part in a Global Forum on the Conservation of the Snow Leopard

Participation of members of international network “Land of Snow Leopard ” at the Forum on preserving Snow Leopard in Bishkek

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20 September 2017

International Land Coalition (ILC) Asia Land Forum and Regional Assembly has conducted in Kyrgyzstan


12 September 2017

Participation of RDF in ILC's Forum


2 September 2017

RDF took part in festival "Shirge Zhyar" in Talas region


26 August 2017

LOSL took part in a Global Forum on the Conservation of the Snow Leopard


11 April 2016

Project coordinator Akmatova Kuluipa and local expert from Talas oblast Kurmanbaev Akylbek participated in the Global Alliance for protection of the sacred snow leopard population in Mongolia


9 March 2016

Italian freelance photographer Marco Palombi, has met the activist of the KEAK pastoral network for conversation and short reportage for won website.


5 March 2016

Social programs coordinator Kuluipa Akmatova took part in the international conference "Mountains of the future" in China


12 February 2016

Meeting of the Climate Network of Kyrgyzstan


13 January 2016

Completion of Right to Food project

 

Participation of members of international network “Land of Snow Leopard ” at the Forum on preserving Snow Leopard in Bishkek

 International Network “Land of Snow Leopard” united representatives of five regions – snow leopard’s habitat – Mongolia, Altai and Buryatia Republics of the Russian Federation, Tadjikistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

Representatives of this network participate in International Snow Leopard and its ecosystem Forum that is being held in Bishkek on August 24th - 25th, 2017

The network “Land of Snow Leopard” was founded in 2013 during the first Forum on preserving snow leopard in Bishkek.

The network members try to link and set up collaboration between western science and knowledge on indigenous people, who inhabit mountainous regions and who have not lost their own traditions and culture of respectful attitude toward nature and wild animals. There are people in some areas who are still able to “receive” information from their ancestors – shamans, custodians of sacred places and buddhistic monks.

The efforts of the network members open the way for such people – the custodians of traditional culture to participate in the Global Program on preserving snow leopard and its ecosystems. They are involved in conducting monitoring of the wild nature, collecting data in the form of oral stories shared by the residents of remote mountainous communities. While contributing to achieving goals of the Global Program this activity also takes into consideration the needs of local communities.

In their work of the network “Land of snow leopard”, its members apply new technologies for collecting data. The specifically designed application for smartphones and tablets allows filling in two surveys: on wild nature observation and poaching. The application has been translated into five languages to address the needs of conducting work in residence areas of the network members. It is now being tested in field conditions and local residents and shepherds are being trained on how to use the application.

For the indigenous cultures, traditional stories and legends passed through generations are vital for survival. Such stories might also be seen as sources of information on special ceremonies, significant dreams, and unusual coincidences. For instance, there is a story in many nations about the man who killed snow leopard and whose family later suffers from a huge tragedy – death of a child or loss of means of earning that leads to poverty. Such stories are quite informative as they tell about the consequences for the person who dares to break taboo on killing totemic animals.

 The members of the network “Land of snow leopard” believe that smartphones could unite young and elder generations since technically competent youth could assist their parents to understand the technology and raise their own interest in collecting stories told by the elders. The collected legends and stories, that bear a significant role in up-bringing, might be used in high school educational program and will contribute in a greater awareness of cultural peculiarities of their own land.

The network “Land of snow leopard” is actively involved with its activities in Mongolia, Altai and Buryatia Republics of the Russian Federation, and Tadjikistan. For further information please contact coutry coordinators at:

Altai Republic, Russia: Chagat Almashev, chagatalmashev@gmail.com

Buryatia Republic, Russia: Rinchin Garmaev, richardgrin7@mail.ru

 

Kyrgyzstan: Kuluipa Akmatova, akmatova_kuluipa@mail.ru

 

Mongolia: Od Enhtsetseg, od.e@icloud.com

 

Tadjikistan: Kurbonali Alamshoev, pamirmountainstj@gmail.com

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