Session III: Water resources and water security in Central Asia

February 24, 2022

Central Asia is considered as one of the hot spots where regional water availability is threatened by the ongoing climate change. The observed warming of temperature in Central Asia is expected to influence the regional water cycle and availability in a longer-term. Water resources stored as snow and glaciers are expected to degrade and influence regional use, management, and governance of water resources.

This session is dedicated to water resources and water security in Central Asia. Topics are considered, but not limited to climate impact on water resource availability, water management issues considering the water-food-energy nexus under climate change, adaptation to climate change, and water governance in Central Asia. The session will bring scientists and decision-makers together to bridge the gap between theory and practice. We aim at providing up-to-date innovative solutions and scientific findings to contribute to improved water resources management strategies under climate change in Central Asia. As an outcome, this session is expected to deliver key points in the field of water resources and water security to policymakers.

THURSDAY, February 24 
14:00- 15:30 (GMT+6, Almaty, Kazakhstan)
Link to Zoom:
Meeting ID: 834 7951 2930
Password: 798482


Dr. Abror Gafurov,

Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam - GFZ, Germany


Larissa Kogutenko,

Kazakh-German University, Kazakhstan


Dr. Milena Latinovic,

Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam - GFZ, Germany


Dr. Tilo Schoene,

Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam - GFZ, Germany

Session partners:

Main speakers

Speaker: Prof. Stefanos Xenarios

Prof. Stefanos Xenarios, Graduate School of Public Policy, Nazarbaev University, Kazakhstan

Speaker: PhD Vadim Sokolov

International Fund for saving the Aral Sea for implementation of the Aral Sea Basin and GEF projects (Agency GEF of IFAS)

Discussant: Djafar Niyazov

Institute of Water Problems, Hydropower and Ecology, National Academy of Science, Tajikistan

Discussant: Serikzhan Atanov

UNESCO Cluster office in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Discussant: Murat Suyunbaev

Institute of Water Problem and Hydropower, Kyrgyzstan

Discussant: Gavrilenko Nadejda

Center of Hydrometeorological Service of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Uzhydromet)

Prof. Stefanos Xenarios is an environmental economist by training with a focus on water resources and climate change aspects. He initially acquired a 3-years of postdoctoral experience in India and Ethiopia as a staff member of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Subsequently, Stefanos did research on climate change and agriculture in South Asia, based at the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy (NIBIO), and worked as Head of the Water and Energy Security Unit at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office in Tajikistan. He further became a Senior Researcher in the University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan leading activities on water-energy-food and environment nexus in the region while in May 2018 he was appointed as Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public Policy in Nazarbayev University based in Kazakhstan. Since January 2020 he has been an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Water Policy, at the National University of Singapore. He is in the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Water Resources Development, Hydrology Research Journal, World Development Sustainability, and the Central Asian Journal of Water Research, while he is in the Management Board of the International Water Association’s Specialist Group on Statistics and Economics.

Sokolov Vadim Ilyich, Head of the Agency for the implementation of IFAS projects in Uzbekistan. He graduated from the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers (TIIIMSH) in 1981 and received a diploma with honors in the specialty “Hydraulic engineer, construction of river structures and hydroelectric power stations”. Candidate of Geographical Sciences, specialty Hydrology of Land and Hydrochemistry, Institute of Geography of the Siberian Branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Irkutsk, Russia 1992 Professional experience in the field of integrated water resources management and water security in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Worked for national and international clients as an experienced manager or expert for a large number of regional and national projects. For 12 years he was the regional coordinator of the Global Water Partnership network for Central Asia and the South Caucasus. He has experience in conducting assessment and research / analytical studies, diagnostic reviews within the framework of water resources management projects in all countries of Central Asia and the South Caucasus.

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