Session IV. Climate Vulnerabilities in Central Asia: Universities and Policy Mainstreaming

February 22, 2024

Universities are pivotal in developing effective climate change adaptation policies, serving as knowledge hubs and fostering environmental education among a wide array of stakeholders, including politicians, business leaders, communities, and the youth. The symbiotic relationship between education, research, and policy development is crucial for the sustainable evolution of climate-resilient states and societies.

The Kazakh-German University exemplifies this role by training specialists in water and energy management in Central Asia. The University collaborates with international organizations to assess resilience and develop climate adaptation strategies. It actively implements the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and adheres to international agreement priorities. The University and its partners advocate for adaptation policies and engage in initiatives addressing the water-energy-food-ecosystems nexus. This engagement fosters the development of expertise in sustainable climate solutions and supports public policy on adaptation. 

This session aims to foster a deeper understanding of the multifaceted approach required to address climate vulnerabilities in Central Asia, emphasizing the synergy between research, education, and policy for effective climate adaptation.


Session Objectives:

  • To highlight the importance of climate adaptation policies informed by comprehensive research and data.
  • To showcase the role of educational institutions and academia in supporting climate policy and fostering a human potential.
  • To encourage collaboration among governments, academia, and international organizations in climate adaptation efforts.

The policy briefs are available here.

Chair :

Dr. Saltanat Zhakenova,

Kazakh-German University, Kazakhstan

Chair :

Dr. Viktoriya Krylova,

Kazakh-German University, Kazakhstan

Session partners:

Main speakers

Mr. Talimjan Urazov

World Bank (WB), Kazakhstan

Ms. Saule Sabiyeva

Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the RK,Kazakhstan

Dr. Nodir Djanibekov

Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), Germany

Dr. Arsen Tleppaev

Kazakh - German University (DKU), Kazakhstan

Talimjan Urazov is currently a Senior Agricultural Specialist at the World Bank, Kazakhstan. He holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Cukurova University (CU), Turkey. He is engaged in integrated sustainable development issues, and involved in the design and implementation of agricultural development projects, contributing significantly to food security, poverty reduction, and sustainable rural livelihoods.

Ms. Sabieva Saule Sagdatovna has extensive experience in environmental and climate policy in the Republic of Kazakhstan. She is currently the Director of the Climate Policy Department at the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan since 2023 and has played an important role in shaping the country's strategy to address climate-related issues. She has worked as a department head at the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan and as an expert at the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 2008, she received a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Protection from Omsk State University (OSU) and a Master's degree in International Relations from the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Saule Sagdatovna Sabieva's career trajectory reflects a commitment to environmental protection and policy development in the fields of ecology and climate change.

Dr. Nodir Djanibekov is a Research Associate at the Department Agricultural Policy in the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) based in Halle (Saale), Germany. Before joining IAMO in August 2012, he was a senior researcher in the German-Uzbek development research project on the restructuring of land and water use in Uzbekistan. He received his PhD at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn. His research interests include the issues of agricultural policies, development of farming sector, adoption of agricultural innovations, land-labor relations, institutional change and land-water management in the post-Soviet Central Asian countries. Currently, in the German-Uzbek research cooperation project UzFarmBarometer with colleagues from the Westminster International University of Tashkent (WIUT) he investigates the socio-economic and behavioral determinants of adoption of sustainable agricultural practices in Uzbekistan. He is a contact point of the International Central Asian Research Group at IAMO.

Arsen Moldagalievich Tleppaev PhD in Economics, Associate Professor of Kazakh-German University. Research interests: finance, macroeconomics, energy efficiency, green economy. Scholarship holder of the Fulbright program (2009/10) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, 2017) at the Technical University of Dresden (German Technische Universität Dresden, TUD), which is part of the association of the largest technical universities in Germany "TU 9". For the period of his scientific and pedagogical activity, Tleppaev A.M. participated in international and republican conferences, published more than 70 scientific works, 4 monographs, 3 textbooks, and has more than 10 author's certificates. Information about the main publications -


Prof. Saken Baisholanov

Institute of Geography and Natural Management, International Scientific Complex “Astana”, Kazakhstan

Prof. Shavkat Pulatov

Tajik Agrarian University named Shirinshoh Shotemur, Tajikistan

Baisholanov Saken Sovetovich, c.g.s Candidate of Geological Sciences, Associate Professor - Chief Scientific Associate of the Institute of Geography and Nature Management of the International Scientific Complex "Astana", Associate Professor of the Higher School of Natural Sciences of the International University "Astana", Leading Scientific Associate of LLP "Scientific and Production Center of Grain Farming named after A.I. Baraev". Previously he held key scientific and managerial positions in RSE "Kazgidromet" MEP RK and KazNU named after Al-Farabi. His scientific activity is marked by more than 120 scientific works, including 7 monographs, 3 textbooks, and 1 utility model patent. He has participated in more than 45 research, applied, and grant projects including UNDP, UNEP, USAID, GIZ, World Bank, etc. His research areas include climatology, agrometeorology, zoometeorology, and agriculture.

Pulatov Shavkat - Candidate of Technical Sciences, Associate Professor, head of the Department of Melioration, Re - cultivation, and Land Protection at Tajik Agrarian University. He completed his postgraduate studies in the specialty "Melioration, Re - cultivation and Land Protection" at the Russian Scientific Research Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Land Reclamation, Moscow. He participated in various projects of international organizations such as USAID, EU, MAP, ICARDA, FAO, etc. on water, climate and development, development of soil-reclamation justification for effective use of saline irrigated lands, development of training programs on modernization of irrigation and on-farm water management, integrated water resources management, sustainable land management, improvement of irrigation systems and management of the Zarafshan River basin. He has published a total of 65 scientific papers and 6 patents for inventions, and his activities are implemented at the national and regional levels.

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