Preservation of selected ecosystem services in the Naryn / Kyrgyzstan floodplains through renewable energies and short rotation plantations, including sustainable land and water management and capacity building

The alluvial ecosystems along the Naryn River in Kyrgyzstan are still in a largely natural state. A natural drainage regime ensures high dynamics with a high biodiversity of alluvial forests. For the local population, they provide important ecosystem services, such as the provision of firewood and grazing land, recreational recreational areas or protection against erosion. However, the use of forests as a timber supplier and grazing threatens the survival of forests. In addition, a barrage hydropower cascade is planned on the upper reaches of the Naryn that endangers the natural dynamics of the river system and its biodiversity. So there is a trade-off between securing the energy supply of the local population, developing the country through hydropower development, and preserving natural ecosystems, their services to humans and their biodiversity.

The overall goal of ÖkoFlussPlan is to preserve the riparian forests along the Naryn and to offer and implement sustainable solutions for the local population. For this purpose, the riparian forests are recorded in a work package and their condition is analyzed in order to identify particularly areas worth protecting and possible development potential. In order to reduce the pressure of use, alternatives are also specifically developed for harvesting wood from the riparian forests. On the one hand, short-rotation plantations (planting of fast-growing trees) are established, which can substitute the wood from the forests, on the other modern technologies for the production of renewable energies and the efficient use of energy are used.


Project Duration: August 2019 – July 2022
Project Fundation: CLIENT II – Internationale Partnerschaften für nachhaltige Innovationen
Project Partner: Technische Universität München, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, Hochschule für Nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde, ÖKON – Gesellschaft für Landschaftsökologie, Gewässerbiologie & Umweltplanung mbH, Kallmünz, CitrinSolar GmbH Energie- und Umwelttechnik, Moosburg
Project Management: Timo Schaffhauser and Prof. Dr. Markus Disse (PI)