Using Research Evidence to Tackle Climate Change
Water in the Isfara river region has become a source of tensions in the relationship between water departments and local governments. There is a need for improved natural resource management in order to respond to growing climate change concerns. Through research conducted by MSRI, UCA aims to provide local stakeholders with a qualitative, evidence-based research to help them reconsider that water issues are complex, and the need for cooperation.
Maksim Kulikov (pictured), Research Fellow at UCA’s MSRI, delivered a presentation at an Isfara Small Basin Council meeting on November 5th. He outlined research on vegetation trends, and its relationship to precipitation and water discharge in the Isfara river basin. Such research will be used as an important tool to navigate the adoption of a new Isfara river basin plan. It also aims at supporting the improvement of water governance, accounting for climate change, new precipitation dynamics, and vegetation scenarios. MSRI’s research is conducted under the framework of the “Improving Stability and Better Natural Resource Management in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan” project, funded by the Conflict Security and Stability (CSSF) Programme in Central Asia.