Session 3: Land Management and Food Security under Climate Change

The third session, which will take place on November 26, will discuss current reports on land use, climate change and food security. Food insecurity and climate change are two major global challenges for humanity; climate change is increasingly perceived as one of the greatest food security challenges. This session will address contemporary issues of modern optimal farming in the context of climate change, as well as forest landscape restoration, sustainable use of biomass and its impact on food production, as exemplified by Central Asia. In particular, the results of the study of sustainable development with the help of innovative agricultural insurance products will be described. Protecting Ecosystem Services Using Renewable Energy Sources Implemented in Central Asia.

Representatives of science and academic activities with extensive research experience related to the topic of the session will act as key international speakers. We hope our session will help to better understand the paramount importance of jointly addressing food security and climate change. These problems are inextricably linked; the world's response efforts must also be inextricably linked.



Dr. Peter Liebelt,

Central Asia Sustainable Innovation Bureau, Kazakhstan


Dr. Maira Kussainova,

Kazakh-German University, Kazakhstan


Dr. Axel Paulsch,

Institute for Biodiversity, Germany

Session partners:

Main speakers

Prof. Dr. Guggenberger

Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Dr. Niels Thevs

World Agroforestry Centre, Kyrgyzstan

Dr. Akylbek Chymyrov

KSUCTA Bishkek & Florian Betz, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Kyrgyzstan

Florian Betz

Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany

Mashkhura Babadjanova

Tashkent State Agrarian University/IAMO, Uzbekistan

Dr. Hendrik Meurs

Project Management Agency DLR, International Bureau funded by BMBF

Prof. Georg Guggenberger is a Soil Scientist and Geoecologist and is Head of the Institute of Soil Science at Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany. He investigates into basic processes of soil organic carbon and nutrient cycling and uses the knowledge gained in these fundamental studies to identify sustainable solutions for soil and soil organic carbon management under the impact of climate and land use change. Steppe ecosystems in Russia and Kazakhstan are of particular relevance of his work. So, he is co-editor of the book “Kulunda – Climate Smart Agriculture” and is currently leading the project “ReKKS”, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). He is Past President of the German Soil Science Society, served for eight years the Board of Life Sciences of the German Research Foundation (DFG), and was listed four times as highly-cited scientist (Web of Science). His work was recently awarded by the European Cultura Prize 2017 of the Alfred Töpfer-Foundation and the Philippe Duchaufour Medal 2020 of the European Geophysical Union (EGU).

Dr. Thevs joined ICRAF ECA in late 2014 to develop a research programme for central Asia. In the capacity as a researcher at Greifswald, developed and carried out research projects in the fields of sustainable land use in riparian oases and the drylands of central Asia. He established partnerships with research institutions from China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. Additionally, he was involved in teaching GIS, remote sensing, and soil science for the international Master Course in Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation at Greifswald. Dr. Thevs obtained his PhD in Landscape Ecology at this same university, and his Diploma (Master's) in Biology and Soil Sciences from University of Hamburg. Between the Diploma and PhD courses, he developed projects in the field of environmental education with various Chinese organizations.

Akylbek Chymyrov has been leading the Geodesy and Geoinformatics Department of the Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture (KSUCTA) since 2006. He coordinates Geodesy and Geoinformatics Master Programs at KSUCTA as a director and research adviser of postgraduate students. His research interests extend from satellite positioning to application of geoinformation technologies in the wide range of research.

Florian Betz is a geographer from Germany. Since 2011, he is involved in transdisciplinary research projects in Central Asia. Focus areas of past and ongoing projects have been rivers and floodplains always having the complex interrelationships of hydrology, hydromorphology, ecology and human activities in mind. Florian Betz has a background in physical geography with a focus on geographical information systems, remote sensing and environmental data analysis. Within the transdisciplinary context of his work, final aim is always to deliver reliable information for decision making in complex socio-ecological contexts. Currently, Florian Betz is working as a research associate at the Catholic University Eichstaett-Ingolstadt within a Kyrgyz-German project on preservation of ecosystem services of floodplain forests along the Naryn River.

Mashkhura Babadjanova joined IAMO in January 2019 as a Phd student in the department Agricultural Markets. Previously, she studied Environment, agriculture and resource management at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. She is doing her research at Tashkent State Agrarian University, Uzbekistan (TSAU) and focuses on profit efficiency of agricultural productions such as wheat under climate change conditions. Furthermore, her research covers sustainable land use practices and food security measures in the region.

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