MSRI Publications

2016

09 November 2016 | PRESS RELEASE
University of Central Asia’s Mountain Societies Research Institute Joins Government and International Partners to Protect Snow Leopard Habitats in the Kyrgyz Republic
The University of Central Asia (UCA) announced an innovative research partnership with the Secretariat of the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Programme (GSLEP), Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) and the Snow Leopard Foundation Kyrgyzstan (SLFK) to conserve fragile ecosystems and promote sustainable development in Central Asia’s high mountain regions.

Other languages: Русский язык |

16 August 2016 | RESOURCE
Mountain Societies Research Institute Annual Report 2015
In 2015, the Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) strengthened its position as a core unit of the Graduate School of Development of the University of Central Asia (UCA) and as an internationally recognized agency engaged in research for development. Through its research, MSRI aims to enhance the resilience and quality of life of mountain societies in Central Asia.

Other languages: Русский язык |

15 April 2016 | RESOURCE
Natural resource management dynamics in border communities of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
This Policy Brief aims to provide insight into the institutions and local dynamics involved in natural resource management in border communities, and to provide solution-oriented recommendations to address natural resource management challenges.

2015

21 April 2015 | RESOURCE
MSRI Programmes, Activities and Outputs 2014

Highlights include the launch of a new GIS laboratory; new papers in the MSRI Background Paper Series; and the successful completion of the pilot phase of our mobile digital library eBilim. Our first cohort of researchers from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan received support under MSRI’s Central Asia and Afghanistan Research Fellowship and are building important networks and a multi-disciplinary body of knowledge on sustainable mountain development. 

04 March 2015 | RESOURCE
Agroforestry for Landscape Restoration and Livelihood Development in Central Asia
This paper discusses how the adoption of agroforestry for ecosystem and livelihood improvement in Central Asian countries can be enhanced. First, it describes how previous and current developments lead to changing environmental conditions, and how these changing conditions consequently affected the welfare of people. Environmental issues on a global level, such as climate change, also threaten people’s livelihoods. 

2014

08 August 2014 | RESOURCE
Programmes, Activities and Outputs - 2013
2013 saw the launch of several new projects at MSRI. Research was completed on the second paper in MSRI’s Background Paper series on sustainable land management, and research began on the third paper, on mountain tourism and sustainability. Other research was conducted in areas ranging from small scale farming systems to agroforestry to climate change adaptation. This report describes these and other activities, as well as the Institute’s growing team, outputs and partnerships in 2013. As MSRI enters its fourth year, we look forward to continuing to generate research knowledge and skills in Central Asia and to building our own capacity as a vital institute of the University of Central Asia.  

01 August 2014 | RESOURCE
Mountain Tourism and Sustainability in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: A Research Review
This paper reviews research on mountain tourism in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and provides recommendations to broaden the scope and strengthen the quality of applied research to support the development of tourism as a driver of economic and social development in mountain communities and more broadly in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.   

21 April 2014 | RESOURCE
Q-News Special: Mountain Societies Research Institute
 This first issue of 2014 puts the spotlight on UCA’s Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI). MSRI’s background paper on sustainable land management is featured, revealing the Institute’s approach to creating a comprehensive research agenda.

14 March 2014 | RESOURCE
Strengthening Research for Sustainable Land Management in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
Decision makers in the transition from a centrally planned Soviet to a decentralised market oriented system can benefit from applied empirical research particular to Central Asian mountain societies that: 1) engages stakeholders; 2) addresses land use and management systems; and 3) incorporates local and international concepts and approaches. This Brief recommends actions to strengthen sustainable land management research in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

20 January 2014 | RESOURCE
Why Mountains Matter for Energy
The brief underscores the role of sustainable hydropower, biomass, wind, solar and geothermal energy. It calls for mountain targets that: integrate sustainable development into country policies and programmes; increase sustainable energy in the energy mix; double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency in buildings, industry, agriculture and transport; and take joint action to improve access for mountain communities to reliable energy.

20 January 2014 | RESOURCE
Why Mountains Matter for Forests and Biodiversity
The brief recognizes the role of mountains as centers of agro-biodiversity, and their importance for providing ecosystem goods and services. It describes these goods and services, including clean water, protection against natural hazards, as well as high biodiversity, and recreational and spiritual values. The brief calls for targets related to enhancing ecosystem services of at least 15% of degraded ecosystems, as well as the conservation of 17% of terrestrial areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services and the reduction of loss of mountain biodiversity.

20 January 2014 | RESOURCE
Why Mountains Matter for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
The policy brief introduces the challenges facing mountain regions relating to vulnerability to natural hazards, high levels of poverty, and threats to water resources from climate change. The brief proposes targets to build resilience and reduce affected populations and loses from disasters in mountain regions by 50%. It calls for increased awareness of climate change threats in mountain regions and support for improved policy and frameworks for DRR.

2013

09 December 2013 | RESOURCE
Assessing the State of Sustainable Land Management Research in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
Mountain Research and Development Vol. 33, Issue 4 
Author(s): Chad Dear , Jyldyz Shigaeva , and Bettina Wolfgramm
Source: Mountain Research and Development, 33(4):443-452. 2013.
Published By: International Mountain Society

01 October 2013 | RESOURCE
Sustainable Land Management in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: A Research Review

This paper reviews the state of research on sustainable land management in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and analyzes the interface between research and action. Recommendations are made for targeted, application-focused, multistakeholder research and knowledge sharing, including local and international researchers as well as practitioners, policy-makers, and land users.

18 April 2013 | RESOURCE
Mountain Societies Research Institute: Activities, Outcomes and Partnerships, 2011-2012
The Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the resilience and quality of life of mountain societies through the generation and application of sound research. This 2011-2012 report describes its activities, outputs, and its partnerships.

2012

03 November 2012 | RESOURCE
Sustainable Mountain Development in Central Asia. From Rio 1992 to Rio 2012 and beyond
This report was prepared by the University of Central Asia (head office in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) and Zoï Environment Network (head office in Geneva, Switzerland) in cooperation with Mountain Partnership and GRID-Arendal.

20 August 2012 | RESOURCE
Mountain Research and Development (MRD) Special issue: Central Asian Mountain Societies in Transition
UCA’s, Mountain Societies Research Centre (MSRC) researchers served as guest editors of this special issue of MRD, an international peer-reviewed journal published by the International Mountain Society, of which UCA and MSRC are institutional members.

07 May 2012 | RESOURCE
Tree and Land Tenure: Rapid Appraisal Tools
The Rapid Rural Appraisal is a family of methodologies designed to encourage the participation of local communities in collection and use of information to improve their livelihoods. This qualitative research methodology can be used in three ways: 1) to gather general information about a topic; 2) to gather in-depth information about a particular subject; and 3) as a monitoring and evaluation tool. This manual offers background on the methodology and a toolkit of activities for use by researchers and practitioners. Originally published by United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1994, UCA’s, Mountain Societies Research Centre (MSRC) and the Mountain Partnership Consortium’s Central Asia Hub translated and printed the manual into Russian for use in the region.

2011

21 December 2011 | RESOURCE
Herders' Manual for Western Pamir
Drawing on local expertise of Central Asian herders, this manual provides a combination of traditional knowledge about key pasture plants and current scientific knowledge about sustainable pasture management, livestock production, and health management in Western Pamir pastures. A joint project of University of Central Asia’s, Mountain Societies Research Centre (MSRC) and NCCR North-South, the manual is designed for on-the-job training of livestock herders, village Pasture Committees and other village-level pasture management and monitoring organizations.

25 October 2011 | RESOURCE
MSRC Activity Report (April - June 2011)
The Mountain Societies Research Centre’s (MSRC) Activity Report is the first of a series that highlights MSRC activities, work of its Fellows and Partners, covering activities since its inception to June 2011.

19 October 2011 | RESOURCE
Herders' Manual for Kyrgyzstan
Drawing on local expertise of Central Asian herders, this manual provides a combination of traditional knowledge about key pasture plants and current scientific knowledge about sustainable pasture management, livestock production, and health management in Kyrgyzstan pastures. A joint project of University of Central Asia’s, Mountain Societies Research Centre (MSRC) and NCCR North-South, the manual is designed for on-the-job training of livestock herders, village Pasture Committees and other village-level pasture management and monitoring organizations.

29 September 2011 | RESOURCE
Pastoralism and Farming in Central Asia's Mountains: A Research Review
Commissioned for an International Symposium on Pastoralism in Central Asia: Status, Challenges and Opportunities in Mountain Areas, hosted by University of Central Asia’s, Mountain Societies Research Centre (MSRC) and NCCR North-South, this paper reviews the distinctive characteristics of mountain agro-pastoralism in Central Asia. The paper includes a discussion of past and present research directions and background to farming and raising livestock in the mountains. Key findings focus on biophysical, agricultural, climatic, governance and socio-economic aspects of the material, and the social and political environments within which agro-pastoralism is practiced in the region. Recommendations for future research are included.