Robert Boesch

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Kyrgyzstan project

In March 2013 the second group of nine Kyrgyz mountain guides successfully passed the final test to become internationally recognised IFMGA mountain guides. This increases the total number of accredited mountain guides that have been supported through the Mammut Kyrgyzstan Mountain Project to 16, with another 8 guides getting prepared to complete the final test in 2014 - what a great success!

It all started back in 2007: the Kyrgyz mountain guide association was still in its infancy and urgently needed support to provide high-quality training for mountain guides. Mammut was enthusiastic about the project from the very start, since besides being in a position to contribute a lot of outdoor know-how and equipment, we could also create lasting results.

The project confronted us with some logistical, as well as organisational, cultural and linguistic challenges. We are thus even more delighted and proud about the success of the project, which was only possible thanks to the great commitment and motivation of all partners, in particular: the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA), Kyrgyz Mountain Guides Association (KMGA), Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG) and the WiN=WiN Agency for Global Responsibility.

Since 2012, the local mountain guide association, the KMGA, is capable of carrying out mountain guide training independently. The IFMGA still provides support and monitoring in order to protect the international quality standard. Mammut also stays closely connected to Kyrgyzstan.