• Silk road of knowledge

    Regional scientific and practical conference. November 24 - 27, 2020

About conference


A Regional Scientific and Practical Online Conference “SILK ROAD OF KNOWLEDGE” is organizing by Kazakh-German University with the finacial support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and aims at:

  • Identification of scientific gaps regarding the impact of climate change contributing to the enhancement of constructive regional dialogue in Central Asia (CA).
  • Knowledge generation covering the impact of climate change on water and land management, food, water and climate security, infrastructure development and energy efficiency practices in Central Asia.
  • Strengthening emphasis on educational and youth outreach and experience-sharing.

The Conference will set the basis for knowledge transfer of what has been developed in the Berlin process 2009-2019 as well as filling research gaps in future in the frame of Green Central Asia, a regional initiative on climate and security in Central Asia and Afghanistan launched by the Federal Foreign Office in the beginning of 2020. Recommendations collected during the thematic sessions will be presented during the closing session of the conference. More about the thematic sessions of the conference in the SESSIONS section

300

участников

32

международных и локальных спикеров

7

тематических сессий

Organizers/Partners


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Sessions


Session 1: Climate impact assessment

The session is organized to analyze the state of art of the climate change and climate impact research in the Central Asia

Session 2: Water under climate change

This session is dedicated to the management of water resources under climate change in Central Asia.

Session 3: Land Management and Food Security under Climate Change

In the framework of the session will be discussed topics on the land use, climate change and food security.

Session 4: Potentials of Digitalization for Increasing Sustainability in Agriculture

This session will highlight the technical potentials and existing solutions of digitization and digitalization in irrigation water management.

Session 5: Water and Climate Security in Central Asia

The panel pinpoints the nexus between climate change/water and security in Central Asia.

Session 6: Infrastructure and logistics under Climate Change

Session will analyze investments in infrastructure and logistics under the increasing challenges of climate change in the CAREC region

Session 7: Decarbonization of energy systems and climate neutrality

The session will explaining the context of climate change and fossil fuel emissions and clarify the necessity of changing the fossil-based energy systems globally until 2050

Youth Sessions

Involving young people in scientific and practical activities on environmental issues in Central Asia. The purpose of the session is to discuss the impact of climate change on the countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan, reducing current risks by optimizing landscape management and water use.

UNESCO Water Family: Cooperation in Education and Science in Central Asia

The UNESCO water-related centers, chairs and committees in Central Asia will discuss their experiences on challenges and issues in conducting their activities during the COVID-19 pandemic and will share on adjustments and adaptation of their activities under the new reality.

Agenda


  • 11:00 - 12:30  
    Youth session:Water, Climate and risks
    Engagement of youth in scientific-practical activities on environmental topics in Central Asia
    12:30 - 14:30  
     
    Poster Session
     
    15:00 - 17:30  
    UNESCO Water Family: Cooperation in Education and Science in Central Asia
     The UNESCO water-related centers, chairs and committees in Central Asia will discuss their experiences on challenges and issues in conducting their activities during the COVID-19 pandemic and will share on adjustments and adaptation of their activities under the new reality.  
  • 14:00 - 15:00  
    Opening Session
    Conference Overview: Green Central Asia
    15:00 - 16:30  
     
    Session I: Climate Impact Assessment
    The session is organized to analyze the state of art of the climate change and climate impact research in the Central Asian region and to identify critical gaps between the current climate related information field and the demand of different local and international stakeholder groups.
    17:00 - 18:30  
     
    Session 2: Water under climate change
    This session is dedicated to the management of water resources under climate change in Central Asia. It aims at providing up to date innovative solutions and scientific findings to contribute to improved water resources management strategies under climate change in Central Asia.
  • 11:00 - 12:30  
    Youth Session: Rational Use of Water
    Engagement of youth in scientific-practical activities on environmental topics in Central Asia
    14:00 - 15:30  
     
    Session 3: Land Management and Food Security under Climate Change
    Ways on how new adapted land use strategies and technologies can make land use more sustainable as well as effective under the specific natural conditions in CA will be covered during the session.
    16:00 - 17:30  
     
    Session 4: Potentials of Digitalization for Increasing Sustainability in Agriculture
    This session will highlight the technical potentials and existing solutions of digitization and digitalization in irrigation water management. In the discussion part it aims on pathways of implementation in practice, how the presented solution could realistically be embedded into the land use and water distribution sectors.
    18:00 - 19:30
     
    Session 5: Water and Climate Security in Central Asia
    The panel pinpoints the nexus between climate change/water and security in Central Asia. Panel participants discuss the water/security nexus at different levels of analysis – generally and more specifically using select examples.
  • 11:00 - 12:30  
     
    Session 6: Infrastructure and logistics under Climate Change 
    The session will analyze investments in infrastructure and logistics under the increasing challenges of climate change in the region. There will be a discussion on how the transport corridor affects the economic potential of linking cities and regions starting from the quality of transport infrastructure and leading to their export potential.
    14:00 - 15:30  
     
    Session 7: Decarbonization of energy systems and climate neutrality
    The session will start with an overview of the context of climate change and fossil fuel emissions and clarify the necessity of changing the fossil-based energy systems globally until 2050. There will be also an illustration of the strategy of the European Union and its member states towards climate neutrality as well as challenges in the transformation of the energy system in Central Asian region.
     
    16:00 - 17:30
    Closing Session

Format


The conference will be held on Zoom app., where will be available synchronous translation on Russian.

Each thematic session will include presentations by speakers and poster sessions.

  • The results of the thematic sessions will be summary report presented and discussed during the Closing session. The summary report will highlight the recommendation of each session on how regional collaboration informed by science can help solving climate-related challenges in CA.
  • The Posters sessions are highly interactive with people moving from poster to poster, chatting with the presenters, exchanging ideas and suggestions. The session is a two-hour event, where attendees will go to the web page of the conference (link will be shared by 15th of November 2020). The session starts at 16:00 Almaty time on 24th of November with a livestream on YouTube.
  • The conference will be also accompanied by two separate side events, a Youth Practical and Academic sessions

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