• Silk road of knowledge

    Regional scientific and practical conference. November 10 - 12, 2021

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

About conference

The Silk Road of Knowledge: Science Meets Green Policy

Scientifically based solutions to overcome the consequences of climate change and ensure sustainable development are significant for the countries of Central Asia both at the regional and national levels. Understanding how climate change can affect political, socioeconomic, and environmental conditions partially depends on an understanding of current and projected climate change and the availability of the climate data. Climate change impacts clearly need to be considered when making decisions related to water management, energy production, food and agriculture, and sustainable transport.

For sustainable economic development in Central Asian countries, it is necessary to use an innovative and scientific approach to address a wide range of social and environmental issues, especially in the face of the impact of climate change. Within the framework of the 'Green Central Asia' initiative, the Kazakh-German University from November 10 to 12, 2021 is holding an international conference "The Silk Road of Knowledge: Science Meets Green Policy". The conference will contribute to the exchange of existing scientific knowledge in the region, thus, supporting the development of necessary proposals for decision makers in the region based on the presented knowledge.

Objective of the conference: the conference is aimed at providing innovative solutions for the economies of countries through:

  • Presentation and discussion of innovative science-based solutions and evidence for the development of the economy and politics of Central Asia in order to mitigate the impact of climate change;
  • Informing decision-making processes based on scientific research in the field of water and land resources management, food security, infrastructure development, water and climate security, energy efficiency practices in Central Asia;
  • Innovation for development;
  • Involving youth in scientific research and decision-making processes.

Expected results:

  • Exchange of experience and accumulation of knowledge in the field of water resources management, food security, infrastructure development, energy efficiency practices in the context of climate change;
  • Expanding regional cooperation through the prism of science to address economic and political challenges in the field of climate and water; as well as,
  • Presentation of evidence on the importance of innovation in addressing environmental problems;
  • Raising awareness of the current state of the environment and natural resources in Central Asia with the aim of strengthening regional cooperation between young and senior scientists through the identification of joint research opportunities, publications, and the creation of cooperation networks.

Conference sessions:

The online conference will cover a wide range of issues presented during the Conference pre-sessions, high-level session and thematic sessions focusing on the adaptation to climate change and its impact on Central Asian countries.




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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