International Symposium on Water and Land Resources in Central Asia, held in Almaty from 9th to 11th November 2018.

From 9th to 11th October, 2018 the “International Symposium on Water and Land Resources in Central Asia“ took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The scientific conference was organized in the framework of the „Central Asia Water“ (CAWa) project, as part of the German Initiative for Central Asia (“Berlin Process”) and was funded by the German Federal Foreign Office (grant no. AA7090002).


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167 participants from 18 countries attended the conference, which served as an excellent platform to bridge scientific activities of international and regional researchers. During the three days event, 7 scientific sessions covering traditional geoscientific disciplines, such as climatology, glaciology and hydrology as well as socio-economically relevant topics, such as environmental risk, natural resource management and capacity development, were organized. Both, experienced and early career researchers took the chance, to communicate their results in form of oral and poster presentations.
The interdisciplinary symposium offered an outstanding environment to present recent scientific achievements and to discuss various aspects of water and land resource management in Central Asia.

Two keynote speakers (Prof. Wilfried Haeberli and Prof. Viktor Dukhovny) enriched the conference with their longterm scientific and practical experience.
Prof. Haeberli highlighted global and regional challenges, particularly with regard to shrinking glaciers and associated hydrological changes, which need to be addressed in the context of water related research.
Prof. Dukhovny clearly highlighted future challenges and potential solutions in the field of water management in Central Asia.

A final panel discussion on „Challenges and opportunities in water research and management in Central Asia“ with participants representing international donor organizations (Federal Foreign Ministy of Germany, UNESCO), regional stakeholders (CAREC, AgriTech Hub) and the scientific community (University of Würzburg, National University of Uzbekistan) pointed out the different perspectives on the topic and particularly called for an improved exchange.

We very much thank all the participants and look forward to further cooperation in future.

Please see the following links for a collection of photos taken during the conference and the updated conference proceedings:

updated conference proceedings.