Cooperation with OSCE, June 2019

In the framework of long-terms and stable cooperation between the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) and OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek under the FinWater WEI Programme, from June 17 till  June 20, 2019 the study tour to Finland has been organized by SYKE under support of OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek for the winners of contest that took place in autumn 2018 within the  Annual Aarhus Centers Meeting.

The winners of contest have been selected among the representatives of the state and private institutions of the Issyk-Kul region covering the self-government authorities, managers of hotels and guesthouses, educational institutions and private entrepreneurs of the region.

One of the main contest award was quota to participate in  the Study exchange visit to Finland in 2019 to demonstrate advanced environmental management systems in order to increase awareness of local representatives and mainstream them to use the best practices in their routine activities in the biosphere area of Issyk-Kul Lake. Recognizing the fact that Finland is one of the advanced countries in the field of environmental management and at the same time, it is a country of thousands of lakes that could be an excellent example for the local representatives of Kyrgyzstan, it was planned to organize above-mentioned study visit to Finland.

Study tour programme included visits to the local tourism and lake related recreational places,  discussions of the business plans and environmental protection issues, including the advanced methods and technologies in managing the plastic and solid waste, and deepening the knowledge on protection and development of resort areas. Also meeting with Honorary Council of the Kyrgyz Republic in Finland has been organized for study tour participants for discussion of touristic marketing issues.

The expected outputs of the mission are understanding how to prepare business plans for environmentally-friendly economic and social development and following transfer of acquired knowledge and skills to the other stakeholders – owners and managers of recreational facilities in Issyk-Kul region.