Weatherproofing the peaks of Kyrgyzstan

High in the Tian Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan, lies a rugged and arid landscape filled with glaciers. The meltwater feeds surrounding rivers and provides the basis for life for plants, animals and people in the region. But this habitat is under threat. The glaciers are shrinking thanks to climate change - up to 45 percent is expected to disappear by 2050. Soil erosion, mudslides and floods are becoming commonplace - leading to droughts and desertification.

German development organization GIZ is helping inhabitants prepare for the coming changes. The glaciers will melt but afforestation, changing crop rotation practises and implementing traditional knowledge should help those in the region deal with the environmental changes.

A film by Juri Rescheto



6:41 Minutes


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