Sustainable Management of Endemic Ichthofauna of the Issyk-Kul Lake Basin

Project Summary

The project addresses a priority sector (fishery) that has an impact upon globally important biomes (the inland waters of Kyrgyzstan). The Project adopts the guidance provided in the information paper submitted by STAP to the GEF Council in November 2004 entitled: Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Production Landscapes and Sectors (Interim) Report (GEF/C.24/Inf.11). The proposed project addresses the objectives of the SO 2 by integrating the need for the conservation of endemic species within the lake ecosystem with the production demand of commercial fisheries practices and the cultural practices of the local communities. In order to achieve this, the project will undertake reforms to fisheries management policy and practices at the national level so it will incorporate the requirements for conservation of endemic fish species, will develop alternative sources of supply to fill commercial demand, and will artificially enhance the level of endemic species in what is effectively an altered ecosystem which cannot currently guarantee survival and re-establishment of such endemics without such intervention. This will demonstrate important lessons and practices that will be transferable both nationally and globally to similar production-related ecosystems.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Medium-size Project
Kyrgyz Republic
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
State Agency on Environment and Forestry
GEF Period:
GEF - 4
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
25,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
950,000 USD
Co-financing Total
3,120,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
97,500 USD
Total Cost 4,095,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
24 May 2006
Preparation Grant Approved
22 Feb 2005
Concept Approved
01 Nov 2007
Project Approved for Implementation
23 Jan 2008
Project closed
30 Sep 2014