Biodiversity & Positioning – Problem or Solution?
At a recent workshop facilitated by
Compared to its size and small population, Kyrgyzstan boasts a disproportional endowment of biodiversity, including ‘Red Book’ listed
As part of this process, Kumtor hosted a biodiversity focus group meeting on October 19, 2012 in Bishkek (see also Kumtor’s recent
Many interesting topics and questions emerged during the workshop, three of which are listed below:
1) Should a company’s biodiversity management strategy be subject to approval by the Governmet/multiple ministries? The Management Plan for the Sarychat Ertash Nature Reserve, the development of which was facilitated by
2) How should the only (mining) company in Kyrgyzstan expressing an interest in supporting biodiversity research, monitoring and conservation chose between the many competing needs of specially protected nature areas and stakeholders requesting support? There are over 80 protected areas in the Kyrgyz Republic and all are believed to be under-resourced.
3) What are impacts, roles and responsibilities of other important actors, such as shepherds (overgrazing), ‘hunting farms’ (international trophy hunting) and various government agencies at local and national levels?
The media coverage related to Kumtor's workshop can be downloaded here: Kyrgyz News digest (Eng) - 22Oct12. For me, valuable outcomes from the workshop included these three elements:
a) It applied a systems thinking-based approach, instilled a sense of urgency and confirmed a shared desire for collaboration.
b) It generated a shared understanding of the current state of knowledge, including identification of knowledge gaps and major drivers of impacts.
c) It identified immediate intervention opportunities for which Kumtor has now earmarked some funding.
What are your thoughts on questions raised during the workshop? Do you feel that Kumtor’s effort to develop a biodiversity management strategy and support related initiative is just ‘green washing’? Or can this contribute to transforming the mining sector in the Kyrgyz Republic to engage in and innovate biodiversity conservation in the country?
Your may also be interested in this update: Biodiversity Management Strategy & Plan for Gold Mine