October 31, 2017, Washington DC, USA, CAREC was hosted by the US Global Development Lab at USAID, Dr. Annica Wayman, Division Chief and Dr. Jason Porter, Research Advisor of the Research Partnerships for Development Team in the U.S. Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Dr. Iskandar Abdullaev made an introduction presentation on CAREC, water issues in Central Asia and CAREC’s water initiatives.
Dr. Jusipbek Kazbekov and Mr. Atabek Umirbekov have presented the PEER funded “Provision of science based evidence on climate induced water quality challenges in Amu Darya basin”. The project is funded by the USAID supported initiative of U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) – Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER).
Discussions with US colleagues included methodological aspects of the research, transboundary implications beyond the region, quality of data and their field validation, update on US meetings and state of cooperation in terms of research tools and models, and possible impact of the study on policy change and science. USAID colleagues suggested CAREC to put in contact with USGS on their large capacity building water related initiative in Afghanistan.
The exchange went in open, constructive and suggestive matter. CAREC has informed that it will meet with its scientific partners at the West Virginia University on November 1-2, 2017.
CAREC’s research team paid a visit to USGS-CAWSC to exchange ideas and knowledge on climate change and water research and discuss potential cooperation opportunities. Moreover, CAREC’s experts met with colleagues from the US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, National Sedimentation Laboratory (USDA-ARS-NSL).
The visit is organized within the research project «Provision of science based evidence on climate induced water quality challenges in Amu Darya basin» implemented by CAREC in partnership with the University of West Virginia.