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Energy Globe Award

With more than 178 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Kyrgyzstan 2017

Submitted by: Alliance of Central Asian Mountain Communities
Project: Media project "Aiyl Demi"

The newspaper Aiyl Demi publishes information regarding agricultural development, veterinary science, green economy, agronomy, climate change adaptation, energy efficiency and a sustainable rural life.

Initial situation
More than half of Kyrgyzstan's population live in villages and are employed in the agricultural sectors. However, this sector continues to stay ineffective and unprofitable due to the farmers' lack of knowledge about agricultural management, environment protection, agronomy and efficient technologies. Villagers don't know much about the rational use of resources and the effective development of their farm. The consequences are a low harvest, threatened food security, wrong crop rotation, erosion or deforestation. As a result, many young people turn their back on the rural areas.

Solution
The newspaper Aiyl Demi (rural breath) is a print edition in the Kyrgyz language that publishes necessary, current and useful information regarding agricultural development, veterinary science, pastures, agro-economy, green economy, agronomy, climate change adaptation, energy efficiency and a sustainable rural life. It is disseminated twice a month free of charge in Kyrgyzstan parts of Tajikistan, reaching around 460 villages with a print run of 10,000. The newspaper was founded in 2011 by the Alliance of Central Asian Mountain Communities. Its aim is the improvement of the rural population's lives by providing access to information, addressing the main needs of local communities. It serves as an information and dialog platform, raising awareness and offering exchange between rural communities, decision makers and anyone interested in sustainable agricultural development and environment protection.

Innovation
Aiyl Demi is a unique media project that keeps strictly out of politics. It addresses the rural population and their development. Aiyl Demi issues specific themes that concern the community. The articles are prepared by the newspaper's team together with people from different regions, including remote areas of Kyrgyzstan. Thus, the offered topics are interesting and useful for rural communities and also answer the needs of mountain communities.

Jury-Rating
More than half of Kyrgyzstan's population live in villages and are employed in the agricultural sectors. However, this sector continues to stay ineffective and unprofitable due to the farmers' lack of knowledge about environment protection, agronomy and efficient technologies. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Kyrgyzstan publishes a newspaper which addresses agricultural development, green economy, agronomy, climate change adaptation, energy efficiency and a sustainable rural life. Congratulations on your initiative!



Capital: Bishkek
Official language: Kyrgyz, Russian
Total area: 199.900 kmĀ²
Population: 5.482.000
GDP/Capita/Year: $863
Source: Wikipedia 2012