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Project Partners are:

BMBF1 The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) Potsdam, Germany, is the primary coordinating implementing partner of PALESCA. Long-term programs such as the "Global Change Observatory Central Asia" (GCO-CA) of the GFZ and projects focused on special sites/topics as CAHOL (Central Asian Holocene Climate, investigating lake sediment cores from Lake Chatyr-Kul) form the ideal basis for palaeoclimate reconstructions and on-site monitoring approaches associated with the project.


The University of Central Asia Mountain Societies Research Institute (UCA-MSRI) is a new partner of the GFZ within the framework of PALESCA. The main focus of MSRI is to expand scientific knowledge on the livelihoods of people in the high mountain regions of Central Asia, the strengthening of the research capacities in the countries of Central Asia, the transfer of knowledge between science, stakeholders and the population, and the development of relevant academic programs at the UCA.
Of special importance within the framework of PALESCA is the experience of the MSRI with the development and application of concepts for the active participation of the rural population in programs for adaptation to environmental and climate change, poverty reduction and improvement of social participation and civil society developments. 
3 The Central Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences (CAIAG), Bishkek, carries out applied research in the Central Asian region in the field of geodynamics, georisks, glaciological, hydrological and climatic research, as well as the study of monitoring systems and data management for more than 10 years. CAIAG is already the main partner of GFZ in a number of projects and initiatives, for example, CAWA and GCO-CA projects.

Colleagues from the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University (KRSU) will bring expertise in flow measurement and modelling as well as extensive experience in scientific training to the project.

7 The State Agency for Environment and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic is a central implementing partner. Previous research of scientists from the agency in the Sary-Chelek State Biosphere Reserve and Chatyr-Kul Lake (part of the Karatal-Zhapyryk State Reserve) brings local expertise to the project. In addition, since 2011 colleagues from the agency have carried out several expeditions within the framework of the GCO-CA project in the Sary-Chelek State Biosphere Reserve in cooperation with GFZ and CAIAG (limno-monitoring parameters of water, lake level change, weather station, dendro monitoring and mini laboratory).