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Co-ordination of scientific activities towards elaboration of common strategy for environmental protection and sustainable management in Syr Darya River Basin, in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan

Objective

The project is designed to consolidate complex and fundamental information and co-operation in fields of Syr Darya River Basin investigation. The investigation and monitoring of the Syr Darya River Basin is currently carried out by a number of institutions from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. They are either studying individual industrial objects or are dealing with narrow and strictly specialized ecological problems.

These investigations are being carried out without any coordinator because of estrangement of the investigations and a shortage of funds. In the former USSR, a high percentage of river water resources were used for irrigation. Such agricultural policy together with the usage of huge amount of pesticides has resulted in soil salinization and contamination with different chemical substances, which resulted not only in crop yield, but also affected biodiversity and human health.

The realization of this project is based on the work of scientific teams from 4 countries and will provide multidisciplinary and comprehensive ecosystem studies of the Syr Darya River Basin. The project proposes coordination of scientific activities (changes in landscapes, pollution, biodiversity, restoration and agricultural implications) towards protection and sustainable management in different habitat types in the arid and semi-arid zones. The authors will examine how land-use transformations of this region have affected the ecological processes in several agricultural, natural and industrial areas of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

The principle objectives of this project are:
1. to develop procedures for the coordination of all pro-ecological activities as well as for development of ecological education and knowledge of Uzbek and Kazakh societies
2. to propose practical tools to help science and protection policy makers to decide between future ecological options
3.to produce general predictions of biodiversity protection and management across both countries.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology
  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/water engineering/irrigation
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /social sciences/political science/political policy/civil society/nongovernmental organization
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/geology/geomorphology

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-INCO-RUSSIA+NIS/SSA-4
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Funding Scheme

SSA - Specific Support Action

Coordinator

WARSAW UNIVERSITY,PL
Address
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
Warsaw
Poland

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITY OF BAYREUTH, D
Germany
Address
Universitaetstrasse 30
Bayreuth
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN, UZ
Uzbekistan
Address
Vuzgorodok 3
Tashkent
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE, INSTITUTE OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY,GENETICS AND BIOENGINEERING, KAZ
Kazakhstan
Address
Timiryazev 45
Almaty
INSTITUTE OF SOIL SCIENCE, KAZ
Kazakhstan
Address
Akademgorodok 3
Almaty
ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF UZBEKISTAN, INSTITUTE OF GEOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY, UZ
Uzbekistan
Address
Khodzhibaeyeva 49
Tashkent
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE, INTERNATIONAL KAZAKH-TURKISH UNIVERSITY, KAZ
Kazakhstan
Address
Kazabek-bi 142A
Turkestan
INSTITUTE FOR LAND RECLAMATION AND GRASSLAND FARMING, PL
Poland
Address
Hrabska 3
Raszyn