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Community Management of High-Alpine Grasslands in the Kyrgyz Republic: Social, Economic and Ecological Implications

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Esengulova, Nazgul; Japarov, Amantur; Mamytbekov, Edil
Conference: Governing Shared Resources: Connecting Local Experience to Global Challenges, the Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons
Location: Cheltenham, England
Conf. Date: July 14-18, 2008
Date: 2008
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/2218
Sector: Land Tenure & Use
Social Organization
Region: Former Soviet Union
Subject(s): community participation
grasslands
ecology
resource management
Abstract: "This paper reviews a case of developing a local community association for management of high-altitude pastures in Kyrgyzstan. It examines drivers for formation of such organisation, benefits and challenges it faces with. "In Kyrgyzstan where all pastures belong to state and there is weak land legislation, lack of knowledge on sustainable practices among land users, inequitable access to resources and not registered rights, maximisation of pasture use is in place, which leads to overexploitation of natural resources. Pasture users association established in Tolok village of Kyrgyzstan is a community based organisation which was formed to sustain natural resources of high-alpine grasslands in Tolok river basin. The paper reflects on concept and principles of this association, discusses its role and relationship with other institutions dealing with common-pool resources, future opportunities and threats."

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