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Sustainability Memo, Animal Treatment and Banned Souvenirs

1) Raising the environmental awareness of tourists while traveling

Tourism in Central Asia allows guests countless opportunities to learn about the world of the mountainous Tien Shan and Pamir, as well as to experience complete immersion in the natural world on their own experience - without means of communication, surrounded by natural environment and silence. Excursions, parks, biosphere reserves contribute to the reunification of man and nature, deep knowledge of the diverse flora and fauna of Kyrgyzstan and the animals and plants listed in the Red Book will help to value and preserve what is in the country at the moment. Watching how the Tien Shan spruces grow or how a falcon soars rapidly in the air will raise the visitor's awareness of our feathered friends and reveal the secrets of preserving natural coniferous forests. Information brochures issued at the places of visit will acquaint guests with the Issyk-Kul or Sary-Chelek biosphere reserve, where at the places of visit guests will see rare plants and receive information about animals and birds living in these parts. In the reserves for the preservation of the population of marals (Red Deer), guests will personally see the efforts of local residents and the state to preserve wild animals in the mountainous region. The figures given by the guide and statistics of recent years will make you think and rejoice about the future.

2) Reducing excessive wastes

Reducing wastes will avoid the cost of repairing long-term environmental damage and contribute to improving the quality of tourism. Use a permanent marker to label water bottles for each tourist, collect and sort waste after picnics, use eco-bags when shopping for souvenirs, fruits and vegetables. Use only paper cups. Meet the guide in branded clothing with the company logo.

3) Rational use of resources

The conservation and management of natural resources, social and cultural, is critical. Do not pick or trample flowers while hiking, photo stops. Minimize the use of water and light. Watching birds and wild animals, do not feed or touch cultural monuments. To acquaint with the culture of local peoples, immersing them in the real life of the nomadic way of life. Talk about local traditions, participate in master classes on making local dishes, and relax in eco-camps. To acquaint with all the local peoples of the country. Using examples to show how a multinational country can live in harmony, how the diversity of peoples has positively influenced the way of life, food and traditions of the country as a whole.

4) Create sustainable livelihoods

Visit local workshops for making felt and other handicrafts. Stop and advise to buy vegetables and fruits from local farmers, showing and explaining the importance of using eco-products grown in local fields. Support local communities for accommodation, master classes and lodging. Do photo shoots in local costumes and invite local singers to dinner together. Try to attract tourists to the life of local residents. Immerse yourself in everyday life and use all the resources that the local community provides.

5) Human rights

Provide information and interpretation to clients on relevant sustainability matters in the destination (e.g. protection of flora, fauna, and cultural heritage, resource use), social norms and values (e.g. tips, dressing code and photography) and human rights (e.g. sexual exploitation).

Fully endorse indigenous support, encourage tipping. With gratitude to send to participate in international festivals. It is laconic to talk about the religion of all nationalities living on the territory of Kyrgyzstan. To touch on the positive aspects of respect in the family, the role of women, the elderly and children. Talk about international organizations for the protection of human rights, women's assistance centers and international organizations that have positively influenced the picture of modern society in the country. Provide statistics for the past few years on the decline in sexual slavery, gender humiliation and persecution of political prisoners.

6) Excursions with animals

  • Do not offer any excursions involving wild animals in captivity, except for appropriately regulated activities in accordance with local, national and international laws;
  • Should not be associated with providers that harvest, consume, exhibit, sell or trade wildlife species, unless it is part of a regulated activity that ensures that their use is sustainable and in accordance with local, national and international laws;
  • Select experienced suppliers who comply with local norms and laws and treat their animals with care and responsibility
  • Instruct tourists on how to properly behave with animals in order to avoid any risks; in any case, do not let tourists in alcoholic and drug intoxication
  • Monitor the safety of both tourists and animals.
  • Animals meet veterinary requirements, we check the presence of a veterinary book
  • When planning tours, take into account the climate, the terrain of the tours, the load and the maximum time of use

Special rules for horse riding

The groom must be experienced and the horses well rested

  •  Select horses depending on the experience of the tourist and the nature of the animal, the weight and height of the tourist
  • Check the availability of appropriate equipment. The stirrups should be adjusted to suit the height and comfort of the tourist.
  • Before the start of the tour, remove the saddle from each horse and check the condition of the animal's back, whether there are any wounds caused by friction of the saddle (I personally had such a case), sometimes people just want to use a horse and make money on this, but their condition is not in any way worries.
  • Keep track of weight

Special Rules for Birds of Prey Shows

  • Do not use Red Book birds (falcons)
  • Check the presence of appropriate equipment (cap, etc.)
  • Do not take birds away from their usual habitat
  • Do not use live animals for prey in demonstrations
  • Observe the appropriate clothing of tourists (no hanging items in clothing)
  • Do not use drones nearby

Requirements for a guide conducting excursions with animals

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Love animals and know their habits
  • Be balanced and tolerant
  • Get regular training

7) Cultural values not subject to export

The following items of historical, scientific, artistic or other cultural value are not subject to export:

  • Protected by the state and included in the protection lists and registers;
  • Representing artistic, historical and other cultural value and classified in accordance with the legislation;
  • Permanently stored in state and municipal museums, archives, libraries, and other state repositories of cultural values ;
  • Associated with historical events and the development of society and the state, as well as related to the life and work of prominent personalities;
  • Components and fragments of architectural, historical, artistic monuments and monuments of monumental art;
  • Obtained as a result of archaeological excavations or finds;
  • Icons and religious items made before the middle of the 19th century and unique items of all eras made of gold, platinum, natural precious stones (diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, pearl, alexandrite), which are more than 50 years old;
  • Cultural property, for the export (transfer) of which a permit is required;
  • Sculpture, painting, graphics of all countries and peoples, made earlier than 50 years before the date of export (paintings, sketches, sketches, watercolors, drawings, engravings, bookplates, etc.);
  • Miniatures on wood, metal, bone, paper and other materials if they are over 50 years old;
  • Works of arts and crafts, including folk traditional crafts and folk arts and crafts;
  • Unique products over 50 years old from natural stones;
  • Unique and rare postage stamps and blocks;
  • Domestic and foreign coins and collections of coins made of precious and base metals, paper banknotes up to 1960 inclusive, of collectible value;
  • Domestic and foreign orders and badges, awards and commemorative medals;
  • All types of cold steel and firearms of domestic and foreign production, if they are 50 years old or more;
  • Artistic household and scientific instruments and instruments of domestic and foreign production, art furniture, books, domestic and foreign fiction, clothing and footwear, musical instruments manufactured earlier than 50 years before the date of export (watches, barometers, scales, binoculars, telescopes, etc. other)
  • Ethnographic collections and objects
  • Collections and selected specimens from zoological, botanical, mineralogical and paleontological collections
  • Archival documents in any media
  • Works of print, which are rare examples of decoration, illustration and printing performance.
  • Works of print that have become a biographical rarity.
  • The first and best lifetime editions of prominent public figures, representatives of science and culture.

 

 

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