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27.03.2024 – SDGnexus Network: March Highlights

Giessen, March 27, 2024—Throughout the first quarter of 2024, members of the SDGnexus Network completed teaching the courses at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, published on key research areas of the project, and participated in regional events.

Policy Brief: Impact of Afghanistan’s Water Developments in Amu Darya Basin on Central Asia

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Afghanistan initiated large-scale water projects, following the Taliban takeover, including an extensive irrigation project in northern Afghanistan, diverting water from the Amu Darya River to the northern provinces. This project is anticipated to significantly alter the water dynamics in the Amu Darya Basin, which is already facing water scarcity and climate vulnerability. Riparian nations Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan may be profoundly affected by the construction of the Qosh Tepa Canal. 

Read more about Central Asia's water situation and the canal's potential impact on Central Asia’s water sector in the policy brief by Dr. Iskandar Abdullaev and Shakhboz Akhmedov here.

Research Paper: Informal Network as a Coping Strategy in the Climate-Livestock Relationship

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Dr. Vladimir Otrachshenko, in collaboration with Nargiza Alimukhamdova and Sana Iliyas, published a study in the Communist and Post-Communist Studies journal.  

Traditions and culture affect decisions in many daily life aspects, including family, labor market, business, and social life activities. The focus of this article is on Uzbekistan, a country that has a legacy of the Soviet past but also maintains its own traditions. Specifically, we focus on an informal network of people with common interests, known as the gap. In this article we examine whether households participating in the gap react to adverse shocks differently compared to households that do not belong to this network.We focus on the impact of climate shocks, one of the most prominent problems in Uzbekistan. In particular, we study whether climate conditions lead to differences in livestock assets across households in Uzbekistan and explore the climate–livestock relationship for members and nonmembers of the gap. The results suggest that households participating in the gap are more risk averse compared to other households. That is, in a place with a high risk of climate shocks, the gap members have lower livestock assets. At the same time, if in a current year, weather conditions improve—that is, there is more rainfall—members of the gap are able to increase their livestock assets in comparison with nonmembers.

For more insights, the article is available here.

Dr. Iskandar Abdullaev's Contributions to Central Asian Events

Photo: Dinara Ziganshina 

Dr. Iskandar Abdullaev participated at the conference “The Contemporary Developments In Afghanistan: Implications on Central Asia” at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Uzbekistan and presented at the Session 2, "Afghanistan and Central Asia: Relations on water issues." During his visit to Central Asia, he also contributed to the ADB - CAREC Institute Skills Development workshop in Tashkent and presented capacity-building strategies and plans related to climate change with the CAREC member countries.

SDGnexus Network Seminar Series

The SDGnexus Network Seminar Series covers topics related to research and teaching that are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. Open to all interested in the SDG topic; the network provides an opportunity to unite knowledge and experience from researchers across various disciplines and regions.

In the first quarter of 2024, we hosted three seminars:

  • January 17, 2024 - "From Knowledge to Governance: Addressing Water Security Challenges" by Dr. Aliya Assubayeva, Research Associate, Centre for International Development and Environmental Research, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany.
  • February 14, 2024 - "Affective Hydropolitics: Moving Beyond Rationalist Explanations of Water Conflict and Cooperation" by Dr. Jenniver Sehring, Associate Professor of Water Governance and Diplomacy, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, the Netherlands.
  • March 13, 2024 - "Water Sector Developments in Central Asia: Exploring Research Focus and Emerging Areas" by Dr. Iskandar Abdullaev, Visiting Professor, Centre for International Development and Environmental Research, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany.

Upcoming seminars and workshops:

  • April 17, 2024: "Enhancing Stormwater Management and Water Quality in Sea Discharge on Oceanic Islands in Colombia" by Lizbeth Daniela Rosero Melo and Juan Sebastián González Guirald, National University of Colombia.
  • May 14-15, 2024: Networking Workshop on Water Governance Research in Central Asia at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany.
  • June 12, 2024: TBA, by Serik Orazgaliyev, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan.
  • July 17, 2024: "Unmasking the Threat to Property Rights: Unauthorized Fishing Activity during the COVID-19 Pandemic" by Jorge Montero, University of Los Andes, Colombia.

For inquiries, please contact Aliya Assubayeva: