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The opening of a guest house marked a new step in the development of ecotourism in the Central Tian Shan

14 november 2017
On October 11 the opening ceremony of a guest house, created with the support of the WWF project “Model Implementation of Econet in the Central Tian Shan in the Kyrgyz Republic”, took place in the village of Akshyyrak in the Jeti-Ögüz district of the Issyk-Kul region.

The work undertaken will substantially contribute to the implementation of the National Strategy on the Snow Leopard Conservation in the Kyrgyz Republic for 2013 - 2023.

The WWF project supports the development of ecotourism as an alternative source of income for the local inhabitants with the purpose of preservation of biodiversity. And in particular, the project  supports  creating guest houses and improving the conditions of the ones already in existence, introducing tourist service and routing trainings,  facilitates the participation of craftsmen in international exhibitions for exchange of professional experience. 

(c) Farida Balbakova / WWF Russia

The administration of the Sarychat-Ertash nature reserve, the head of the state administration, the head of the local government (akim) of the Jeti-Ögüz district, the head of the Ak-Shyyrak Aiyl Aimak, and guests from the Tong district all took part in the opening ceremony. The WWF representatives and the village residents spoke on the progress of the project and the results achieved, and the the Sarychat-Ertash nature reserve staff received from WWF representatives sets of winter uniforms as  support from the project.

“I am sure that the development of ecotourism in this area will not only contribute to social development of the local  communities, but will also facilitate the preservation of our unique fauna and national traditions”, – noted Kalys Zhudeev, the head of the local government of the Jeti-Ögüz district.

(c) Farida Balbakova / WWF Russia

The work on the development of ecotourism in the Central Tian Shan has been carried out since 2014. In the current year six routes have been tested by the representatives of six leading US tourist companies, three of which expressed their intention to continue cooperation.

The development of ecotourism in the Central Tian Shan will be able to improve the standard of living of the local  people. At least 50 households will be able to provide tourists with accommodation, meals, transport and excursion services, sell souvenirs and introduce local folklore to them, which will boost their employment and increase their income.

(c) Farida Balbakova / WWF Russia
For additional information please contact
Central Asia Programme Advisor