(Full project name: Geological heritage for capacity building – the basis for sustainable management of geological hazards and water resources in
transboundary region of Kyrgyzstan)
Brief description of the project
Welcome to the IGCP 727 project!
The goal of this project is to establish international cooperation for the study of natural resources and geological heritage to create a transboundary geopark in the southwestern Tien-Shan, an area of outstanding geological heritage.
The southwestern part of the Tien-Shan covers the territory of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. This region has a high potential for the implementation of future scientific and applied programs implemented by IGCP: Geographic Heritage for Sustainable Development; Global Change; Geohazards; Hydrogeology and Earth Resources.
Our task is to preserve geosites of international importance for the sustainable development of the region, as well as to involve local communities in the development of the Geopark.
We plan to explore the potential of the geological heritage in one of the unique regions of the Tien-Shan. Here is the pristine nature and culture of indigenous peoples.
Our project has great potential for young scientists studying geological hazards or water resources.
Despite the fact that mountain ranges are good accumulators of moisture, the area is arid, where water is scarce. This exacerbates ethnic conflicts. Therefore, the results of the study of water resources, the assessment of natural water sources and recommendations for their use will help mitigate the effects of climate change.
We look forward to international cooperation and support from international organizations that will help us involve local communities in the process of creating a Geopark.
The creation of a Geopark will become a deterrent that will distract the indigenous population from problems and re-evaluate their relationship to nature. The Geopark will solve a number of social problems, such as poverty reduction and adaptation to climate change.
Our long-term goals: to use the potential of the geological heritage for the sustainable development of the most remote region of Kyrgyzstan; Create a UNESCO Geopark that will improve life in the region; The Geopark will improve the social status of indigenous peoples, expand their knowledge of the geological heritage, as well as their knowledge of natural disasters that occur in the region.
We plan to develop recommendations and mechanisms for reducing geological hazards and managing geo-risks. These recommendations will be addressed to government agencies, presented to the scientific institutes of the Academy of Sciences, and will also form the basis for the development of the local population.
We invite everyone interested in the implementation of the project goals.
- Duration: 2021 – 2022
- Special topic: Geoheritage for Sustainable Development theme