Workshop on Climate Change, Water Resources & Agriculture in Central Asia

May 18 - 20, 2023 | Tashkent, Uzbekistan


A broad outline of the program can be found here.

Thursday May 18, 2023


09:30 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 Opening session

  • Abdulhakim SALOKHIDDINOV – Vice Rector, National Research University, Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers (NRU TIIAME, Uzbekistan) – TIIAME-NRU: Strategy and Activities in the Field of Climate Change and Adaptation
  • Peter van OEVELEN – Director, GEWEX, George Mason University & Michael BRODY George Mason University, Fairfax, VA USA/International Agriculture University, Tashkent, Uzbekistan


  • Yoqubjon ERGASHEV – Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Deputy Director of Department on International Cooperation
  • Zokir ISHPULATOV – Ministry of Water Resources of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Director of the Information-Analytical and Resource Center
  • Bakhtiyor PULATOV – Minister of Natural Resources of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Director of the Research Institute of Environment and Nature Conservation Technologies 
  • Anvar MUKHAMMADIEV – Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan,
  • Akmal AKRAMKHANOV Regional Manager, Central Asia and the Caucasus, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)


  • Peter van OEVELEN – Director, GEWEX, George Mason University – GEWEX and WCRP




Presentations оп ongoing or proposed climate related research — changing hydrology, soil stress and quality, productivity, water stress, and potential solutions food security, e.g.: Uzbekistan food security as a wicked problem: need for an integrated approach and rural transformation

12:30 Lunch

13:30 17:00


  • Breakout groups to discuss presentations and develop summaries
  • Break Out Group 1
  • Break Out Group 2

Friday, May 19, 2023


  • Saidislomkhon USMANOV – Turin Polytechnic University in Tashkent, Head of Civil Engineering and Architecture Department. DSc., Professor – An Integrated Hydrological Model for Water Balance Estimation in the Chirchik River Basin, Northern Uzbekistan
  • Li YI – Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, College of Water Resources and Architectural Engineering – Climate change effects and adaptation suggestions in arid zones of Central Asia (online)
  • Fei WANG Northwest A&F University, Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Professor, Deputy Director Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, CAS and MWR, Deputy President of The World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWAC) – The traditional agriculture methods might not satisfy the development of the Central Asia  under the conditions of climate change and current river management (online)
  • Short presentations of summaries from break out groups оn Day 1
  • Breakout groups to create аn agenda for future hydrological аnd agricultural research that is tied to what we are learning about the changing climate of Central Asia
    e.g.: Need assessment Юг the research agenda – INRM- Food Security with food clusters


  • Feedback of need assessments research agenda’s
  • Discussion and prioritization
  • Urgent actions required

Saturday, May 20, 2023

  • Visits to agricultural institutes and linked farms that may already or will be preparing for climate change
  • Visits to crucial supply chain hubs (processing оё key commodities)

Sunday, May 21, 2023 (Optional trip):

  • Тrip to Samarkand or other historic/cultural visits; meeting and talk with key stakeholders оn water and agriculture