Tuesday 2 March, 02:00 – 03:30 pm, VIP 1

Chairs: Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt (MSRI/UCA) and Elbegzaya Batjargal (Mountain Partnership)

Session description: In this special session on Central Asia, mountain stakeholders representing academia, researchers, practitioners and policy makers will present the region’s unique experience in shifting from a centrally-planned governance system to community-based resource management practices. The session will also highlight interactions between research, policy and practice in the context of the post-soviet space of high, mountainous Central Asia. The impacts of different governance mechanisms on mountain forests, water, farmlands and pastures will provide the basis for identifying lessons learned and challenges faced when shifting to community-based practices.

Session goals: The session will aim to analyse shifts in resource management strategies in Central Asia: whether they are part of an emerging worldwide trend, and whether they arise from a genuine need for Central Asian countries to explore new ways of managing their vast natural resource base after experiencing centralized state regulation and market failure. Presentations and discussions will present experiences in grounding the solutions proposed by E. Ostrom for addressing the tragedy of commons in the post-soviet space in Central Asia.

The session aims to contribute towards greater visibility for the Central Asian mountain region, a mountain ecosystem that is of equal importance to, and intrinsically linked and connected with, other mountain ecosystems as the Hindu-Kush Himalaya. The session is expected to provide a platform for exchanging lessons learned, sharing experience and networking for Central Asian participants who are interested in hearing feedback and input from their colleagues from around the world.


  • Asel Murzakulova (MSRI/UCA): Institutional landscapes for commons governance in post-Soviet Central Asia
  • Uktam Abdulloev (CAMP Kuhiston): Slope management activities in highland Tajikistan and applicability of some of the commons management principles by E. Ostrom
  • Chagat Almashev (Funds for Sustainable Development of Altai): Climate change impact assessment for Altai mountain ecosystems and mountain communities
  • Elbegzaya Batjargal (Mountain Partnership/Central Asia Mountain Hub): A regional network for climate-resilient villages in Central Asia: Tapping into the wealth of community knowledge for successful adaptation
  • Lira Sagynbekova (MSRI/UCA): Participatory environmental monitoring for adaptive governance of natural resources: Experiences from the ‘ESPA project’ in the Tienshan Mountains, Kyrgyz Republic
  • Azamat Isakov and Sonja Dimter (PF CAMP Alatoo): How to improve local decision-making processes in a changing environment
  • Kuluipa Akmatova (Rural Development Fund): Joint forest management & revival and integration of Kyrgyz traditional knowledge and practices for ecosystem resilience and mountain communities livelihood improvement
  • Marc Foggin (MSRI/UCA): Herder cooperatives for enhancing community resilience and environmental conservation in the Yangtze River headwaters

Rapporteur: MSRI and CAMH