Community-based natural resource management in Kyrgyzstan

To remedy the degradation and ineffective management of pastureland, the Law on Pastures, enacted in 2009, allowed the formation of Pasture Users’ Unions (PUUs). The National Pasture Users’ Association of Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyz Jayity, has facilitated the formation of 454 PUUs. Using community-based pasture management systems, these committees have enabled pasture users and local communities to participate and directly manage local areas, learn new approaches, and adopt best practices in rotational, effective, and planned pasture usage. As a result, land resources are better managed to prevent degradation.

Photo Credit: Kyrgyz Jayity