• Silk road of knowledge

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

The proceedings of the regional scientific and practical conference "Silk Road of Knowledge"

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




international and local speackers


thematic sessions


Вебинары конференции

Opening session. Conference overview: Green Central Asia initiative

Session I: Climate impact assessment

Session II: Water under climate change

Youth session: Rational Use of Water


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.


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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