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Kyrgyz Mountains Environmental Education and Citizen Science Project (KMEECS) - Aliya Ibraimova - OpenCon 2017


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This presentation by Aliya Ibraimova was part of OpenCon 2017's Regional Models for Open Research and Open Education panel.

Aliya shared the successes and challenges of integrating openness in the Kyrgyz context through the implementation of Kyrgyz Mountains Environmental Education and Citizen Science project (KMEECS) and subsequent projects. KMEECS project applies a transdisciplinary approach to knowledge generation. It combines citizen science on the community level, environmental research and teacher training to foster awareness of and interaction with the local environment. At the same time it aims at generating locally relevant data on the environment in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. The project pilots the introduction of low-cost environmental field courses on water monitoring in schools in mountain communities of Kyrgyzstan’s Naryn province. Based on a citizen science approach, students analyse and generate data on their water resources, which are fed into a network of open environmental data.

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Kyrgyz Mountains Environmental Education and Citizen Science Project (KMEECS) - Aliya Ibraimova - OpenCon 2017

  1. 1. Kyrgyz Mountains Environmental Education and Citizen Science project (KMEECS)
  2. 2. Kyrgyzstan 200 000 км2 90% are mountain ranges
  3. 3. Background • Collaboration of CAMP Alatoo and UCA for joint implementation of KMEECS • Membership in OCSDNet
  4. 4. • Citizen science • Environmental Education KMEECS
  5. 5. Context for openness in Kyrgyzstan • Few initiatives on openness in Kyrgyzstan • Soviet legacy and it‘s impact on education and environmental monitoring • Understanding Open Science: Perspectives from the local and national levels
  6. 6. Citizens science and Openness „Sometimes when we send water samples to governmental laboratories, we even think that they mix the results intentionally to hide sensitive information. Our analyses are much simpler, but at least we are sure that they are not manipulated“ Physics teacher, At-Bashy district.
  7. 7. Citizens science and Openness „After mapping our village and the places where we get our drinking water it became visible that the eastern part of the village is well provisioned with water points, while the rest isn’t. Based on that we can take action!”
  8. 8. Benefits of citizen science • Improved environmental education level in remote areas • Reliable environmental data on a local level • Informed decision making on village issues • Promotion of open and collaborative research principles
  10. 10. 1. Selection of schools
  11. 11. 2. Defining of research topic, its relevance and possible benefits 1. Studying of water resources, including water quality 2. Phenology of plants and climate change
  12. 12. 3. Participatory curriculum development
  13. 13. Resource packages
  14. 14. 4. Collection of data on local level
  15. 15. 5. Presentation and sharing of data
  16. 16. 5. Presentation and sharing of data • Local level meetings, workshops • Exhibitions • Masters classes, open lessons, fairies • Round tables, conferences at national and international levels • Articles, profiles and blogs
  17. 17. 7. Approval of educational materials by competent bodies 1. Getting recension from scientists 2. Getting approval/recommendation for further use and dissemination of elaborated materials in schools from Education & Methodological Commission under Ministry of Education
  18. 18. Final products • Educational manual on/with citizen science activities • Ebook on the results of exhibition “Through water” • Mobile application on water and phenology of plants
  19. 19. Educational projects/components • Kyrgyz Mountains Environmental Education and Citizen Science, 2015-2017 • Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change in high mountainous regions of Central Asia, 2016-2018 • Community based Snow Leopard protection through pasture and game management plans integration, 2017-2018
  20. 20. Thank you for attention!