Central Asian Journal of Water Research (CAJWR)
In November 2014, the OCEEA funded and co-organized a workshop at the Kazakh-German University (DKU) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on the establishment of a regional e-journal on Integrated Water Resources Management in Central Asia, renamed to “Central Asian Journal of Water Research (CAJWR)” - a bilingual (Russian and English), interdisciplinary and open access online journal. The Kazakh-German University (DKU) is managing the journal during all of the stages of its cycle. Central Asian Journal of Water Research (CAJWR), ISSN: 2522-9060, is an open-access, peer-reviewed e-Journal dedicated to all aspects of water management in the region of Central Asia.
CAJWR seeks to reach all scientists working in the areas of Water Research and familiarize them with each other’s achievements across the region, not limiting its range to the national audience. It aims to strengthen the existing networks to support creation of the regional scientific community with the goal of developing scientific research in the region.
The Journal successfully passed a registration process and was added to the Russian Science Citation Index (RINZ). Each article receives its own DOI (digital object identifier) number from the Crossref organization. Starting from 2015, CAJWR has published 7 issues.
Since 2016, 15 members of the Editorial board and 4 regional consultants, more than 200 authors of the published articles, 200 reviewers participated in peer-review process, and thousand readers who visited the CAJWR web-site. Authors represent mostly Central Asian countries (Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan), and Afghanistan. CAJWR reviewers and editors represent such countries as Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Netherlands, and the United States. There three main categories of particpants include: scientific and academic professionals working in the capacity of authors, reviewers and editors.
Research Expedition "From glaciers to the Aral Sea"
As part of the “Aral Sea Basin” project, in August 2018 a youth research expedition “From Glaciers to the Aral Sea” was implemented (hereinafter the Expedition). The expedition was organized by the Kazakh-German University with the support of the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea.
The main goal of the Expedition was to strengthen regional cooperation between young water scientists in Central Asia by conducting joint research, preparing a publication, raising awareness of the current state of the environment of the Aral Sea Basin and enhancing the scientific appeal to the water and natural sciences among the younger generation.
For 20 days, representatives from 4 Central Asian countries and international experts traveled along the river basins of Central Asia through the territory of four countries.
The project implementation was also divided into three main parts activities before, during and after the Expedition. Activities prior the Expedition included: Participants selection process; determination of research topics, students-supervisors acclimation; expedition route development. During the Expedition survey, lectures, excursion, meetings were held. Short interviews were collected along the way, for radio & social media dissemination to raise awareness of the situation in the regions, outside the main cities for filling the potential gaps of quality of life, and the physical and environmental understanding between city and rural areas . Students made and disseminated flyers with different messages and info graphics along the themes they developed. For 21 day participants crossed 4 countries, visited more than 30 different water related sites (dams, lakes, glaciers, hydrological facilities, project sites, farms, etc.), attended meeting with representatives of IARC, IFAS, BAIS and other local and international organizations. Post expedition activities included finalisation of the research work, conducting a webinar with supervisors, and the presentation of the study results on relevant (international) events in the region (including Central Asian Regional Ecological Centre CAMP4ASB Climate Conference in April 2019, World mountain Forum 2018, Central Asia Water - International Water and Land Symposium, Eighth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the UNECE Water Convention, etc.) as well as on social media networks, newspapers and other community activities.
The results of the research in the framework of the expedition were published articles in various online journals and social networks. It was also filmed a video about the expedition.
Educational expedition to investigate renewable energy sources in Central Asia
An educational expedition to research renewable energy sources in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan) is a unique opportunity to explore existing facilities on alternative energy sources. Visiting RE facilities helped students to directly explore specifics of power plants, technical and technological characteristics, connection schemes to the energy system, existing problems and possible solutions, and further use the data in their research work.
Research expedition on RE facilities in Central Asia was conducted. In the frame of facilities research, students focused on the following aspects:
- generated power
- technical and technological characteristics of the station;
- electricity generation depending on weather conditions and environment;
- connection scheme to the energy system;
- used innovative technologies;
- consumers of electricity from RE facility;
- legal framework.
All participants provided their report about research made by RE facilities. At the end of the project, participants prepared more than 10 lectures, on the distribution and use of renewable energy technologies in Central Asia, as well as on the economic issues of use and profitability of various types of renewable energy sources.
Participants gained practical experience in studying renewable energy facilities and prepared reports describing these stations. One of the goals of this project was to create interactive lectures on topics related to the objects visited. According to the topics presented, the goals and objectives of each interactive lecture were outlined. Before the trip, the content of the lectures was discussed according to the goals and objectives. The interactive lecture consists of the following elements: slides, video, photo, audio and text of the lecturer. Prior to the trip, a plan, a list of tasks and responsible persons for certain elements of an interactive lecture are created. After the trip, interactive lectures are compiled based on the prepared materials using specialized software.
It was also filmed a video about the expedition.
Workshop on Climate and Water Law and Governance in Central Asia and Afghanistan for young civil servants
The 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which governments of Central Asia agreed in September 2015, recognizes that climate change is “one of the greatest challenges of our time” and voices concern about “its adverse impacts undermine the ability of all countries to achieve sustainable development.” In order to address this challenge and ensure appropriate actions on political level in Central Asia it is important to train future decision-makers and to demonstrate advanced practices of climate change adaptation and consequences mitigation measures. Public awareness rising is important for involving civil society into the climate change related activities, thus one of the workshop objectives would be aimed at wide dissemination of the climate-related information.
Workshop with presentations, lectures by international, regional and local speakers, as well as interactive sessions and group works.
12 young civil servants from 5 states of Central Asia and Afghanistan to be trained on international measures towards climate change adaptation for preventive security policy.
12 young decision-makers and 10 Master students of Integrated Water Resources Management study program at KGU to be trained on social media tools for sharing climate change-related information with the support of Aarhus centers.
Networking among young civil servants from 6 states.
Wide spectrum of speakers, including decision-makers, science, business and NGO representatives was speaking and interacting with young civil servants to ensure multistakeholder involvement into the policy-making processes. All days of workshop consist the training for young civil servants from water related agencies from Central Asian states, including close interaction with civil society representatives. The training was conducted in synergy with Central Asian Regional Ecological Centre’s Central Asian Leadership Programme on Environment for Sustainable Development.
All representatives of Central Asian governments received information on legal aspects of Paris Agreement implementation and water management on international, regional and national levels. Participants obtained skills of analyzing regulatory documents and experienced in drafting interstate agreement and in negotiating on it based on methodology developed by GGRETA project. UNESCO Manual on Hydrodiplomacy was spread among participants of 2017 year and according to the Assessment all of them will read the Manual and use it in their daily work. It would also be used for future annual workshops. Joint studies and group works which brought together participants from different states let them to establish professional network and contributed to better understanding of problems with sharing common water resources. High ranked experienced lecturers expanded participants overview on global trends in climate change and water management and enabled them to learn best practices. Lectures conducted only in English let participants train their English-speaking skills. Exchanges during multistakeholder involving session contributed to establishing links between different stakeholders and played role of networking tool. Participation of Aarhus centers representatives ensures outreach and wide dissemination of information about the event. Project contributed to wider dissemination of knowledge gathered by GGRETA project.