Researchers Study Environmental Diversity of Naryn
The University of Central Asia's (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) held a ‘Learning Landscapes through Environmental Research and Monitoring’ Summer School in Naryn. “This school provided a great opportunity for students and researchers to gain valuable knowledge on different environmental topics, and practice the theoretical knowledge in intensive field activities by using different devices and equipment for environmental monitoring and research,” said Dr Lira Sagynbekova, Research Fellow at MSRI.
Students conduct field work led by GFZ trainers at Chatyr-Kul Lake.
The programme included lectures and field surveys, covering different topics such as climate and phenology, dendrochronology, soil and water resources, paleoclimatology, wild life studies, participatory monitoring and citizen science. Students conducted field visits to the Naryn State Nature Reserve, Dobolu village, Salkyn Tor National Park, Chatyr-Kul lake, Tash Rabat Caravanserai and the Koshoi Korgon ancient fortress. They also visited the Naryn State Historical Ethnographic Museum and UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) in Naryn.
The Summer School was led by Dr Lira Sagynbekova (MSRI) and Dr Jens Mingram (GFZ). The trainers were from MSRI, GFZ Potsdam, Max Planck Institute Jena, CAIAG, Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, SAEPF, Naryn State University and CAMP Alatoo. It was aimed at enhancing capacity of students and researchers who study environmental sciences or conduct scientific research. Twenty participants from different universities in Kyrgyzstan (Osh State University, J. Balasagyn Kyrgyz National University, Talas State University, AUCA, Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University (KRSU), Naryn State University and Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transportation and Architecture) successfully completed the summer school from July 2-9 at UCA’s Naryn campus.
Students work with microscopes during a session led by Dr Jen Mingram.
The Summer School is a part of the Palaeoclimate, Environmental Change and Social Interaction in Central Asia (PALESCA) project, and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It brings together active partners in the mountain regions of Kyrgyzstan from the areas of "paleoclimatic research" and "mountain societies" in order to translate scientific results into improved living conditions of the population, especially in remote mountainous regions. In addition to MSRI, PALESCA implementing partners include GFZ Potsdam, Central-Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences (CAIAG), KRSU, and the State Agency for Environment Protection and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.