Session I: Climate security: Disaster risk reduction and adaptation

February 23, 2022

Climate-related natural disasters have severe adverse consequences in some parts of Central Asia threatening people's livelihoods, dampening economic achievements of the entire region and posing risks for stability and security. The retreat of glaciers, the melting of permafrost, and a change in precipitation caused a permanent change in the flow of mountain rivers. Moreover, the presence of a marked upstream-downstream topography renders the region prone to gravitational hazards such as landslides, debris flows, mudflows, ice, snow or rock avalanches, as well as glacial lake outburst floods. The impacts of climate change on natural hazards and water availability must be well understood, communicated and integrated into decision making and planning. In this workshop we will discuss necessary response strategies including adaptive measures as well as strategies for disaster risk management.

Bringing together scientists, policy-experts, and practitioners from the field, we will use this collaborative space to formulate concrete policy solutions and recommendations to be developed into a co-created policy-brief.

WEDNESDAY, February 23 
16:30-18:00 (GMT+6, Almaty, Kazakhstan)
Zoom Links: 
Meeting ID: 821 0070 9316 
Password: 739834


Stefanie Wesch,

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany


Larissa Kogutenko,

Kazakh-German University, Kazakhstan


Janna Rheinbay,

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany

Session partners:

Main speakers

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Scheffran

The Research Group Climate Change and Security (CLISEC) , University of Hamburg, Germany

Discussant: Olga Kalashnikova

Central-Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences (CAIAG), Kyrgyzstan

Discussant: Isomiddin Akramov

Climate Change and Resilience in Central Asia, United Nations Development Programme, Uzbekistan

Discussant: Bakhtiyar Ospanov

Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction

Discussant: Sandugash Ranova

Institute of Geography and Water Security, Kazakhstan

Discussant: Bakhtibeki Otambekzoda

National Coordinator for GLOFCA project in Tajikistan

Jürgen Scheffran is a Professor of Geography and Chair of the Research Group Climate Change and Security in the CLICCS Cluster of Excellence and the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability at University of Hamburg. After his physics PhD he held positions at University of Marburg, Technical University of Darmstadt, University of Illinois and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He was involved in projects for the United Nations, the German Office of Technology Assessment and the Expert Commission on the Causes of Forced Migration of the German government. Research fields include: security risks and conflicts of climate change and climate policy; land use and human migration; water-energy-food nexus and rural-urban-coastal interaction; sustainability science and complex systems modelling in the Anthropocene; technology assessment and international security

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