Book Launch: Life in the Mountains: Environmental and Cultural Diversity – Diversity of Development Models
The University of Central Asia is pleased to announce the next event in its public lecture series held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, organized in partnership with the Russian Geographic Society of Academy of Science of Russian Federation and the Geographic Society of Tajikistan. This lecture will be conducted in the framework of developing inter-disciplinary discourse between intellectuals, academics and students in disciplines of humanities and the sciences.
The book “Life in the Mountains” describes the diversity of life and of development models in mountain areas in the context of their historical heritage, and environmental and ethnocultural diversity. Referring to the cases of European Alps, Karakorum, Himalaya, Andes, mountains of Central Asia, East Africa, Northern Appalachians, Caucasus and Altai the author discusses the issues of political inequality in mountain regions, the effects of their peripheral locations and dependence of the urban and lowland centers having more advanced economies. The book’s intended audience includes politicians, researchers, students, organizations and practitioners of strategic planning in the area of sustainable mountain development. The book is co-published by the Russian Geographical Society (founded 1845) and University of Central Asia.
A reception will be held after the two presentations, during which time the author will be available to sign copies of the book.
Dr. Yuri Badenkov is a leading scientist in the field of sustainable mountain development and adaptation strategies for global change, with experience working in North Eurasia, Central Asia, North and South Caucasus and the Sudet Mountains in Poland. Dr. Yuri Badenkov was a core member of the founding commission of University of Central Asia (UCA) and is member of the Advisory Committee for UCA’s Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI). From 1983 to 2013, he led the Mountain Group MAB-6 at the Russian Academy of Science Institute of Geography. He also has contributed to UNESCO’s work on sustainable mountain development, and the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), working to preserve mountain biosphere reserves. Dr. Badenkov received a medal of honour from the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO Affairs for his contribution in promoting Russian cooperation with UNESCO. Dr. Badenkov holds degree in Geology from the University of Moscow and in Geochemistry from the University of St. Petersburg. Moderator Pulat Shozimov, FDP Manager\Acting Director Aga Khan Humanities Project of the University of Central Asia
The presentation will be conducted in Russian
Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe
47 Ismail Somoni Street
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