Nomadic Traditions and Environmental Conservation

Date: 19 February 2017
Other languages: Русский язык |

24 February 2017, 15:00

The University of Central Asia’s Aga Khan Humanities Project is pleased to announce the first of its public lecture series held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic organised in partnership with the Kyrgyz National University (KNU). This Series is designed specifically as professional development for KNU faculty and is open to university scholars, researchers and students. It promotes inter-disciplinary discourse between intellectuals, academics and students in the disciplines of humanities and the sciences.

Emil Shukurov, 
Ornithologist, Candidate Science (Biology), Doctorate Science. (Geography), Professor, Honoured Scientist of the Kyrgyz Republic


Separation of an ethnic community from deep-rooted, spiritual and personal relations with Mother Nature inevitably have had and will result in their marginalisation. Contrary to the widely-held view, this is equally true of large and small ethnic communities. For large ethnic groups, it is mainly related to extension of settlement areas or resettlement in areas with significantly different natural environments. For small ethnic groups, who have fallen under the influence of large ethnic groups, it happens due to the loss of traditional lifestyles and to some extent the weakening and loss of ethnic culture and language. When culture loses its regulatory functions as it pertains to society’s relationship with nature, and these functions shift over to science, economics and politics, it creates pre-requisites for irretrievable inconsistency of society with its natural environment. 


Emil Shukurov was involved in the planning and preparation (1997-1998) and implementation (2001-2002) of the Global Ecological Fund Cross Border Project on Preservation of Biodiversity in the Western Tien-Shan in the capacity of Scientific Advisor for the Kyrgyz Republic.  In 1992, E. Shukurov defended his doctoral thesis (Geography) on Zoogeographic Fundamentals of Preservation and Husbandry of Terrestrial Vertebrates, and began his broader ecology efforts. His experience in studying animals within ecosystems provided a reliable basis for scientific management of large environmental projects like the Biosphere Territory in Issyk-Kul Oblast (1996); Preservation of Biodiversity in the Western Tien-Shan (1997); Strategy and Action Plan for Preservation of Biodiversity in the Kyrgyz Republic (1998); Protected Areas of Northern Eurasia: Development through Participation: Strategy and Action Plan (1998-2000); Central Asian Cross-Border Project of the Global Ecological Fund (2000-2006); Third National Report on the Convention on Biological Diversity (2005-2006). He has published over 300 research papers.


Assoc. Professor E. Laylieva, Vice Rector (Research), Kyrgyz National University



Kyrgyz National University (KNU) named after Jusup Balasagyn

Academic Building No 1, Assembly Hall

547 Frunze Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

Please RSVP either to: Khadicha Shambetalieva, Jamilya Atakanova or Pulat Shozimov with your name and affiliations.

* The views presented in this lecture are those of the presenter and not necessarily those of the University of Central Asia or any of its staff

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