Kyrgyz-German Research Institute continues research works despite political unrests

The Central Asian Institute of Applied Geosciences CAIAG, founded by GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences survived the serious unrest and looting in Bishkek in the beginning of April comparably unblemished.


“All that was damaged was a door when marauders attempted to enter the building on the first night of the conflicts” reported Bolot Moldobekov, the Kyrgyz Co-Director of the institute. Together with the other male employees at CAIAG he stood guard for several nights, protecting the institute against looting and destruction.

Thus, CAIAG is keeping it’s operability as a central partner for ongoing research activities of German scientists in the areas of water, seismic hazards and climate dynamics in Central Asia.

Since 2008 the German Foreign Office in Berlin, in particular, has been supporting cross-border regional investigations in the water sector. The research network “CAWa” supports the States of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan with the construction of a data network and a common water policy.

The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences since its foundation in 1992 carries out scientific work in Central Asia.

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