Formed in 1993 as a youth component of the Aleyne Ecological Movement of Kyrgyzstan (see above), BIOM encourages and supports high school and university students and young professionals to become engaged in resolving environmental problems in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia. It develops and publishes environmental education curricula and other educational materials, organizes training seminars and camps for young people, and conducts research. Specific programs include:
- New Horizons, a training program for future leaders of regional ecological organizations;
- Simple Truth, which informs students and the public about ecological issues;
- a Seedling Program, conducted in cooperation with the Tuulgan Zherim Association, which planted seedlings in and around Bishkek and provided practical support to the Frunze Forest Service;
- a youth ecological information center.
BIOM has compiled a database of environmental/ecological professionals and organizations in Kyrgyzstan, as well as a library of brochures, bulletins, posters and booklets; films, broadcasts and educational computer programs. In addition, BIOM has conducted several research projects, including a study of the ecology of the city of Bishkek, a study of biodiversity in the Bishkek region, development of a database of diseases in the Kyrgyz Republic, and research on biotechnology and agriculture.
BIOM has 110 members, 25 regular volunteers, and five regional branches. It is interested in international cooperation and partnerships.
A print version of much of the information contained in this Central Asian Third Sector Organizations section can be found in Civil Society in Central Asia (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999).
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