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MSRI organized a meeting of PALESCA partners

In April, 2017, a two day workshop was organised by the Mountain Societies Research Institute at the University of Central Asia’s offices in Bishkek. Implementing partners (Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ Potsdam), MSRI\UCA, Central-Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences (CAIAG), Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University and State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic) came together to develop a workplan for the PALESCA project. Launched last year, the PALESCA (Palaeoclimate, Environmental Change and Social Interaction in Central Asia – connecting Institutional and Citizen Science) project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), brings together active partners in the mountain regions of Kyrgyzstan from the areas of "paleoclimatic research" and "mountain societies" in order to translate scientific results into improved living conditions of the population, especially in remote mountainous regions.
Centred around MSRI’s Learning Landscape Initiative and special "Citizen Science" activities with existing monitoring activities of GFZ Potsdam, activities towards realizing the strategic aims of the project, namely the evaluation of paleo-environmental and climatic data across varying spatio-temporal scales in Kyrgyzstan were refined. Additionally, rural focus areas were finalized (Arkit village/ Sary-Chelek nature reserve and Naryn) for focus towards linking long periods of environmental and climatic changes with intermittent data to incorporate them into adaptation strategies and targeted action recommendations. Summer schools were identified as opportunities to coordinate and expand monitoring activities and involve/ train students from Kyrgyzstan.

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The Summer School on learning landscapes kicked off at Naryn campus

On July 2, 2018 the University of Central Asia's (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI)  and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) started the first sessions of the Summer School ‘Learning Landscapes through Environmental Research and Monitoring’ at Naryn campus.
 
The Summer School aims at enhancing capacity of students and researchers, who study environmental sciences or conduct scientific research. For the Summer School 19 undergraduate students were selected from a number of Kyrgyzstan’s universities. One week course program includes lectures and field surveys, covering different topics on climate and phenology, dendrochronology, soil and water resources, paleoclimatology, wild life studies, participatory monitoring and citizen science and others. For the field surveys and trips the students will visit national parks and reserves in Naryn region. Upon successful completion of the Summer School, the participants will receive Summer School Completion Certificates.
 
The Summer School is a part of the Palaeoclimate, Environmental Change and Social Interaction in Central Asia(PALESCA) project. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and brings together active partners in the mountain regions of Kyrgyzstan from the areas of "paleoclimatic research" and "mountain societies" in order to translate scientific results into improved living conditions of the population, especially in remote mountainous regions. In addition to UCA's MSRI, PALESCA implementing partners include GFZ Potsdam, Central-Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences (CAIAG), Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, and the State Agency for Environment Protection and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (SAEPF).
 
In PALESCA’s focus is the combination of the “learning landscape” concept developed by MSRI and special "Citizen Science" activities with existing monitoring activities of GFZ Potsdam and the evaluation of paleo-environmental and climatic data on different timescales.

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