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Annual meeting of local development funds was held in Kyrgyzstan

16 november 2020
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, residents of three high-mountainous villages Akshyirak, Enilchek and Tash-Bashat of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan held an annual meeting of the local development funds.
Constructed as part of the WWF-GLIP project in 2014 and 2018, the local development funds (LDF) have created socio-ecological and sustainable economic mechanisms for the implementation of projects aimed at improving the standard of living of the rural population (living in the border zone of the Sarychat-Eertash, Naryn reserves and the Khan-Tengri natural park).

Unlike the Small Grants Program, the projects implemented by the local development funds are sustainable and long-term, since when creating the LDF, local communities contribute at least 20% of the total amount.
Meeting of representatives of the local development funds in Kyrgyzstan
(c) WWF-Russia
The creation of the local development funds has increased the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem conservation for residents living in areas adjacent to reserves, and also allowed communities to develop sustainably in harmony with wildlife.

From these funds, the LDF implements green micro-projects that contribute to the achievement of the following sustainable development goals at the local level: poverty eradication, gender equality, combating climate change, preserving terrestrial ecosystems, partnership for sustainable development.

This year, 13 jamaats received funds from the LDF, in the amount of 1,794,405 soms for the development of sustainable and eco-oriented agriculture. This is a good result since the creation of a starting amount of 500,000 soms in 2014, where 500 people benefit annually. Thus, the local development funds of three high-mountain villages - Akshyirak, Enilchek and Tash-Bashat - have proved their high environmental and social efficiency.

Dynamics of growth of the local development funds with the support of the WWF-GLIP project

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