Fauna & Flora International staff awarded Kyrgyz awards

Jarkyn Samanchina, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) Kyrgyzstan Programme Officer, and Liesje Birchenough, FFI Eurasia Programme Manager, have been awarded Honorary Diplomas in recognition of FFI’s conservation initiatives and achievements in Kyrgyzstan.

The award was made by the State Agency of Environmental Protection and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic for “high achievements in performing professional duty, responsible, conscientious and fruitful work.”

Director, Prof B. Toktoraliev, Member of the National Academy of Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, gave the award at a conference in the country’s capital Bishkek.

The conference was focused on conservation and management of walnut-fruit forests of Tien Shan organised as part of a Darwin Initiative project of which FFI is a partner.

“I am really pleased that the Agency recognises and values the contribution FFI is making towards conserving Kyrgyzstan’s stunning landscapes and biodiversity” says Liesje.

“I believe FFI is one of the very few organisations that have been recognized in such a distinct way by the State Agency,” added Jarkyn.

“It is encouraging to be acknowledged for over a decade’s work in Kyrgyzstan. It is an honour to receive the award on behalf of FFI and for me personally, as well.”

FFI has been active in Kyrgyzstan for 14 years, supporting protected areas and running a very successful community small grants programme.

We are currently focusing on the country’s threatened fruit and nut forests, helping local communities and authorities to work together to conserve and manage their forests.