UCA News - Issue 70
Regional Workshops on Pastoralism & Rangeland Management
UCA’s Senior Research Fellows Drs Daniel Maselli and Inam-ur-Rahim attended a Regional Workshop on Pastoralism and Rangeland Management in Mountain Areas in the Context of Climate and Global Change in Central Asia in Khorog, Tajikistan and Kashgar, China. Internationale Weiterbildung und Entwicklung gGmbH (InWent) and two regional orgaisations – the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP) and the Xinjiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences – organised the event from 14 to 21 July 2010.
Attended by about 50 participants from within and beyond the region, the workshop began with a session in Khorog, followed by a field trip through the Tajik Pamirs, leading a final session in Kashgar in Xinjiang, China. In Khorog, Dr Maselli presented on “Policies for Mitigating Effects of Climate Change” on behalf of UCA and the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern. Throughout the workshop, Drs Maselli and Rahim led the efforts to elaborate a transboundary research agenda on pastoralism and climate change in the region.
A follow-up Workshop on Pastoralism and Rangeland Management on the Tibetan Plateau in the Context of Climate and Global Change took place in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region (China) from 22 to 25 October 2010. The workshop was organised by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), the Tibet Academy of Agricultural and Animal Husbandry Science and InWent. Dr Inam-ur-Rahim presented a paper entitled “Production and marketing of pastoral products in the Hindukush-Karakoram-Himalaya”, co-authored with Ghulam Amin Beg of the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme in Pakistan.
At both workshops, Drs Maselli and Rahim highlighted UCA’s work on pasture and livestock management and UCA’s other initiatives, including the Central Asian Mountain Monitoring Network (CAMMoN), which is being developed as a tool for long-term monitoring in the region. In Tibet, Dr Rahim also shared UCA’s plans to organise a conference on pastoralism during summer 2011. These initiatives and ideas were well-received by workshop participants and organisers.
Summer Session on Regional Cooperation in Urumqi, China
UCA Senior Research Fellow Dr Sunatullo Jonboboev participated in a summer school session on Governance, Neighbourhood Relations and Regional Cooperation in Central Asia and Xinjiang, from 20 to 25 September in Urumqi, China. The event was organised by the German Universities of Bielefeld and Dortmund in cooperation with Xinjiang University with funding from the Volkswagen Foundation to establish academic cooperation between Central Asian, Xinjiang, Afghan, Russian, and German academic institutions. Fifty-three participants from Afghanistan, China, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan; along with 15 presenters from Central Asia, Germany, Russia, and Chinese universities attended.
Covering current issues of education and good governance in Central Asia, Dr Jonboboev presented a paper on “Nationalism and Fundamentalism in Central Asian Higher Education”, in which he discussed how to minimise the negative effects of these phenomena through the implementation of interdisciplinary and multicultural education, such as the UCA Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) curriculum. He also discussed the importance of inclusive approaches to nation building and the positive role of rationalism and liberal interpretations of Islam.
For more information on Dr Jonboboev’s research contact: firstname.lastname@example.org