UCA and Chinese Academy of Sciences Partner on the Environment
The University of Central Asia (UCA) and the Regional Centre for Ecology and Environment in Central Asia (RCEECA) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) signed a letter of intent on November 14th in Bishkek, recognising many areas of mutual interest and potential synergies across a wide range of topics pertaining to environmental resources and development.
Dr. Xi Chen (left), Director of the Research Center for Ecology and Environment of Central Asia, CAS, and Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi, UCA’s Rector, sign the agreement. Standing L to R: Dr. Prof. Wenjiang Liu, Executive Deputy Director, RCEECA, CAS, Dr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at UCA, Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko, Dean of the Graduate School of Development at UCA.
With RCEECA’s national offices and field stations in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and beyond, this new partnership with UCA will enable the development of timely collaborations on integrated disaster risk reduction, natural resources management, mountain ecosystems, climate change and adaptation, and other priority issues relevant for sustainable mountain development and promoting well-being for mountain societies in Central Asia. UCA and RCEECA plan to cooperate through teaching and research programmes, such as joint research activities, publications, and postgraduate training, exchange of faculty, staff, and academic materials, and co-organisation of seminars.
UCA’s Mountain Societies Research Institute conducts research to enhance the resilience and quality of life of mountain societies and is committed to advancing the global Sustainable Mountain Development agenda through transformative research, education, and dissemination of findings. Similarly, RCEECA aims to enhance environmental monitoring and early warning systems as well as conduct research on natural resources and coping mechanisms in light of environmental changes. RCEECA intends to also establish a large database on natural resources and environment in Central Asia, with platform websites in Chinese, English, and Russian.