Center for Natural Resources and Sustainability

Kazakh-German University

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Mission and Objectives

The Center for Natural Resources and Sustainability (CRS) at the Kazakh-German University (DKU) was established to consolidate education and applied research for sustainable societies in the Central Asian Region. We apply innovative approaches along the three main tracks:

  1. Generation, transfer and exchange of knowledge, technologies, know-hows and competencies;
  2. Education;
  3. Networking with academic communities to enhance the water-energy-land-ecosystems-mobility nexus against the backdrop of climate change in Central Asia.

The Center is focused on:

  • Teaching and research in Kazakhstan and Central Asia;
  • Capacity building related to environment and natural resources in the region;
  • Building the bridges for knowledge transfer from Germany and other international partners to Kazakhstan and Central Asia

To achieve its objectives, Center has taken the following actions:

  • Creating platforms for scientific research in the field of natural resources and maintaining a scientific and professional network (teachers, young researchers, experts and graduates of the "Integrated water resources management" (IWRM) and “Strategic Management of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency” (SMREEE) Master’s Programs);
  • Study of issues of regional cooperation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Central Asia and foreign countries;
  • Organization and holding of scientific conferences, round tables, seminars, master classes on water management (WRM), including political, socio-economic, environmental, geographic information and technical aspects;
  • Improving the qualifications of teachers of higher educational institutions, industrial specialists and representatives of state bodies through trainings involving international and regional experts in the field of water resources management;
  • Issue of scientific publications based on the electronic Central Asian Journal of Water Research.

You can read the Regulations on our Center here (in Russian).

Center strategy for 2022-2027

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