Natural Resource Management in Central Asia


Against the background of the political, economic and social transformation processes that have taken place in Central Asia since the dissolution of the USSR, the interdisciplinary project investigates the institutional framework for sustainable management of natural resources in Central Asia. In order to promote economic development and ensure food security, the resource-efficient use of natural resources in the economies of Central Asia, which still depend to a large extent on agriculture, is essential. Thus, the project focuses on the long-term effective management of common-pool resources (CPR), particularly of agricultural irrigation systems and pasture, and on the area of conflict of food security and local food production. The research interest is directed both to the applicable rules and the detection of past successes and failures in the area of irrigation and pasture management in Central Asia as well as the study of different agrarian production practices and socio-environmental challenges in the field of local food production. Thus, the project combines the scientific activities of the Department of Resource Economics (RESS) and "The Berlin workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems" (WINS) of the Humboldt-University Berlin with research activities of the Centre for Development Studies (ZELF) at the Free University Berlin. The research collaboration will be complemented by measures for knowledge transfer between science and business of the project partner WIWEX. The aim of the joint cooperation is to bring together the expertise of already existing project partners in Central Asia with the expertise of German scientists and to promote the theoretical and practical exchange across borders.
Against the background of the political, economic and social transformation processes that have taken place in Central Asia since the dissolution of the USSR, the interdisciplinary project investigates the institutional framework for sustainable management of natural resources in Central Asia. In order to promote economic development and ensure food security, the resource-efficient use of natural resources in the economies of Central Asia, which still depend to a large extent on agriculture, is essential. Thus, the project focuses on the long-term effective management of common-pool resources (CPR), particularly of agricultural irrigation systems and pasture, and on the area of conflict of food security and local food production. The research interest is directed both to the applicable rules and the detection of past successes and failures in the area of irrigation and pasture management in Central Asia as well as the study of different agrarian production practices and socio-environmental challenges in the field of local food production. Thus, the project combines the scientific activities of the Department of Resource Economics (RESS) and "The Berlin workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems" (WINS) of the Humboldt-University Berlin with research activities of the Centre for Development Studies (ZELF) at the Free University Berlin. The research collaboration will be complemented by measures for knowledge transfer between science and business of the project partner WIWEX. The aim of the joint cooperation is to bring together the expertise of already existing project partners in Central Asia with the expertise of German scientists and to promote the theoretical and practical exchange across borders.


Principal Investigators
Hagedorn, Conrad Prof. Dr. Dr. (Details) (Senior Professor and Professors retired)
Zikos, Dimitrios (Details) (Resource Economics)

Duration of Project
Start date: 05/2015
End date: 07/2017

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