Greetings from Kyrgyzstan

With the kind invitation of   “Forest Research Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic” signed by Dr. Nurstan  N.Chyngozhoev, I participated  to the Expert Workshop on  “The restoration and adaptation of the mountain forests of Central and North-East Asia” which held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic from October 19-22, 2015.

Initially, Mr. Mehmet Demirci and Mr. Mehmet Ceylan informed me about this event.

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The purpose of the seminar was an open table discussion regarding of freely obtainable exchange in information on forest ecology in Central and North-East Asia, with the emphasis on mountain forests.

Forest Research Institute NAS KR, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), the Korean Forest Service and USDA Forest Service was the coordinators of this seminar.

Mr. Nursultan Kubatbekov and Mr. Muslim Razhapbaev was responsible for organization. Ms. Elena Ivanchenko worked as photographer.

We arrived to Bishkek Manas Airport at very early morning (around 5 am) of 19th, October, Monday by Turkish Airlines from Istanbul.  John A. Stanturf , Emile S. Gardiner, Chad Oliver and Fatma Oliver from the United States of America was at the same flight. Nursultan and Muslim was waiting for us at the airport. Then we arrived to City Hotel about 7 am.


Afternoon we visited Bishkek and bought some handicrafts. Bishkek is a nice city with wide squares and streets. The weather   was a bit cold.


The Workshop officially started at 09 am, 20th of October, 2015 with the line of initial program.

Welcome speeches were made by;

  • The representative of the Government
  • National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic, Vice-President, Almaz ALDASHEV
  • National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic, Vice-President, Biimyrza TOKTORALIEV


There was a translation to Russian-English.

After opening we took group picture.


Then the presentations started with the line of the agenda as follows


  • Lessons Learned From The ASEAN Korea Environmental Cooperation Project—Prof. KANG Ho Sang, Seoul National University (video)
  • Forest Inventory of the Kyrgyz Republic – Surappaeva V., State Agency on Environment Protection and Forestry Under The Government of The Kyrgyz Republic
  • Landscape management in mountainous areas: global commonalities, issues, and opportunities —Prof. Chadwick D. OLIVER, Yale University
  • Contribution of FAO to the sustainable management of mountainous forests in the Kyrgyz Republic – Heino HERTEL
  • Forest and land use association of The Kyrgyzstan – BURHANOV Aitkul
  • Agroforestry for climate change adaptation in Central Asia – Thevs Niels
  • Some examples of recent international developments on forestry and mountains – Belen Ismail, FAO, President of the Committee of Mediterranean Forestry Questions (Silva Mediterranean)
  • Artificial regeneration of degraded broadleaf forests — Emile GARDINER, Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research, U.S. Forest Service
  • Mountain Forests—Lessons Learned from Southeast Asia—Dietrich SMIDT-VOGT, Mountain Societies Research Institute
  • Regeneration of Spruce Forests in Kyrgyzstan – CHYNGOZHOEV Nurstan, Forest research Institute of NAS KR

My presentation for this day was about international developments of forests and mountains.  I gave special attention to World Forestry Congress, Forest Europe, UNCCD COP12 and Sustainable Developments Goals.

The text and presentation was as follows.

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In the evening we had dinner with special guest.  Mr. Erkebaev Abdygany, President of National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic, kindly hosted the dinner.


During this day, I had the opportunity to meet some of my old friends and their wonderful and talent children.

The Second Day, 21st of October, Wednesday was started with presentations as follows.

  • Growth and biomass allocation of one-year-old seedlings of scots pine (Pinus Sylvestris l.) under different photoperiod regimes from diverse seed sources of Mongolia – NYAM-OSOR Batkhuu, Department of Environmental Sciences and Chemical Engineering, National University of Mongolia
  • Current status of the forests of Tajikistan and methods of their restoration – KHISAINOV Nurali, State enterprise of Research Institute on Forestry of State Agency of Forestry under Government of Republic of Tajikistan
  • Mountain forests of Kazakhstan – KALACHEV A.A. Kazakh forest research institute
  • Turkey’s experiences on management of mountain forests – Belen Ismail, FAO, President of the Committee of Mediterranean Forestry Questions (Silva Mediterranean)- This presentation jointly prepared by İsmail Belen, Mehmet Demirci, Mehmet Ceylan and İbrahim Yamaç.
  • The role and importance of natural regeneration in the formation of pine stands in clearings of Buryatia – ONUCHIN Aleksandr, Institute of Forest V.N. Sukachev Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences
  • The experience of ecological and economic assessment of forests in Kyrgyzstan – RAZHAPBAEV Muslim, Forest research Institute of NAS KR
  • Some aspects of aeropaleonological researches in Issyk-Kul region – OSMONBAEVA K., Forest Research Institute of National Academy of Sciences KR
  • Restoration of juniper forests of the South Kyrgyzstan – SHAMSHIEV Bakytbek, Osh Technological University
  • Features of recovery of sea buckthorn in the south of Kyrgyzstan – KULIEV Arstanbek, Botanical Garden of the NAS KR
  • IUFRO-TF forest adaptation and restoration under global change – a start of a global network – John STANTURF, US Forest Service
  • The hydrological role of forests – Onuchin A.A., Institute of Forest SB RAS
  • Experience of afforestation in rainfed foothills of Kyrgyz ridge. CHYNGOZHOEV Nurstan, Forest research Institute of NAS KR
  • Restoration and Adaptation to Climate Change—John STANTURF, US Forest Service

In the evening the Organizing Committee invited us to traditional restaurant.

The last day, 22nd of October, Thursday we visited Frunze forestry (leshoz), some private nurseries and Ala Archa National Park.


My flight to Turkey was very early at 23rd of October, Friday (03:50 AM) . Nursultan took me the airport again.  I arrived to İstanbul about 6 am and back to Ankara (home) about 1 pm.

It was my second trip to Kyrgyzstan. To tell the truth I love this country and its wonderful people with my heart.

Last year, we were there for a FAO’s Project entitled “Capacity Building for Sustainable Management of Mountain Watersheds in Central Asia and the Caucasus”  After this trip I wrote some articles as follows:

There are so many countries and esteemed representatives during this workshop but I have no enough information to share here.  I have enough information about Turkey-Azerbaijan cooperation but there was no one from this brother country.

We had time to discuss “Turkish American Cooperation on the field of Forestry” with Prof. Chad Oliver from Yale University. Personally I have an article about this subject published at on 6th of January, 2015.


CARFU, which the abbreviation of  the “Foundation of the People Caring for Future” is open to write all our friends to share their experiences. I am working as the President of this NGO.

Even they are not English I also have some article written in Turkish language. They are as follows:

After back to Turkey, I organised a small conference in a public school to intoduce Kyrgyzstan.



Thanks again for this wonderful workshop and hope to see all of you again with fruitful cooperation. By the way, special thanks to Mehmet Demirci, Mehmet Ceylan and İbrahim Yamaç from Turkish side.


  1. Jundubaev Kylychbek                     Kyrgyzstan
  2. Erkebaev Abdygany                         Kyrgyzstan
  3. Aldashev Almaz                               Kyrgyzstan
  4. Toktoraliev Biimyrza                      Kyrgyzstan
  5. Osmonkanova Gulay                     Kyrgyzstan
  6. Atadjanov Sabyr                              Kyrgyzstan
  7. Beysheeyev Bakytbek                     Kyrgyzstan
  8. Surappaeva Venera                       Kyrgyzstan
  9. Ormonov Adylbek                          Kyrgyzstan
  10. Yrsaliev Bakyt                                  Kyrgyzstan
  11. Abylgaziev Isabek                           Kyrgyzstan
  12. Kasymbaev Marat                          Kyrgyzstan
  13. John A. Stanturf                              United States of America
  14. Emile S. Gardiner                            United States of America
  15. Chad Oliver                                       United States of America
  16. Fatma Oliver                                    United States of America
  17. Heino Hertel                                    Kyrgyzstan
  18. Chyngozhoev Abdymital             Kyrgyzstan
  19. Alibakieva Cholpon                        Kyrgyzstan
  20. Batkhuu Nyam-Osor                     Mongolia
  21. Mandakh Nyamtseren                 Mongolia
  22. Ismail Belen                                      Turkey
  23. Mazarzhanova Kuralay                 Kazakhstan
  24. Maxutov Berik                                Kazakhstan
  25. Khisainov Nurali                              Tajikistan
  26. Saidov Nurali                                    Tajikistan
  27. Onuchin Aleksandr                        Russian Federation
  28. Myrzakmatov Rysbek                   Russian Federation
  29. Mark Foggin                                     Kyrgyzstan
  30. Thevs Niels                                       Kyrgyzstan
  31. Kamel Chorfi                                    Kyrgyzstan
  32. Burhanov Aytkul                             Kyrgyzstan
  33. Bidur Khadka                                   Nepal
  34. Shalpykov Kaiyrkul                         Kyrgyzstan
  35. Shamshiev Bakytbek                     Kyrgyzstan
  36. Soodombekov Ishenbay             Kyrgyzstan
  37. Yakovleva Nadezhda                     Kyrgyzstan
  38. Kuliev Arstanbek                            Kyrgyzstan
  39. Chyngozhoev Nurstan                  Kyrgyzstan
  40. Razhapbaev Muslim                      Kyrgyzstan
  41. Gabrid Nina                                      Kyrgyzstan
  42. Bikirov Sharshen                             Kyrgyzstan
  43. Aybasheva Nurgul                          Kyrgyzstan
  44. Asanov Sovet                                  Kyrgyzstan
  45. Ivanchenko Lyubov                       Kyrgyzstan
  46. Kubatbekov Nursultan                 Kyrgyzstan
  47. Ivanchenko Elena                           Kyrgyzstan
  48. Yryskul kyzy Jumagul                     Kyrgyzstan
  49. Murataliev Jodat                             Kyrgyzstan

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İsmail Belen

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