International Symposium on Water and Land Resources in Central Asia – Call for Abstracts is open!

Central Asia, comprising the arid to semi-arid regions of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan, faces enormous challenges with regard to the scarcity and the pronounced inter-annual variability of water resources.

Environmental hazards such as meteorological and hydrological droughts or occasional flash floods and landslides represent a major risk for the vulnerable economies of the post-soviet nations. Regional climate change, population growth and the inappropriate use of water and land resources further exacerbate the pressure on water and land resources.

The conference intends to shed light on water-related and environmental challenges in Central Asia by bringing together the international scientific community with regional stakeholders and specialists from various disciplines and backgrounds.  The interdisciplinary conference will cover a broad range of topics and will analyze and discuss the tender subject from both, natural scientific and socio-economical perspectives.

The event is organized in the framework of the Central Asia Water (CAWa) project, as part of the German Initiative for Central Asia (“Berlin Process”) and is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office (grant no. AA7090002).

All planned conference sessions are listed below. Contributions in the form of oral talks (15’ +10’ discussion) or poster presentations (DIN A0) are welcome!


Dates:                9 – 11 October 2018

Venue:              Best Western Plus Atakent Park Hotel
                         Timiryazev St 42(googlemaps), Almaty, Kazakhstan


28 March 2018:  

Registration is open     

28 March 2018:   

Abstract submission is open

31 May 2018:

Deadline for travel grant applications

31 July 2018:    

Deadline for abstract submission

07 August 2018:

Notification of acceptance

20 September 2018:

Deadline for registration

Session Overview

Session 1 : Climate Variability and Change
Session 2 : Monitoring and modeling the cryosphere
Session 3 : Hydrology: Observations, Processes and Forecasting
Session 4 : Using water and land resources: Challenges and sustainable solutions
Session 5 : Natural hazards and risk
Session 6 : Agricultural transition and natural resource management
Session 7 : Practical implementation of scientific results and capacity building :  
                      Towards sustainable development in Central Asia


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