On 2 - 6 August 2021, 13 young people from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan participated in the Certificate Training on Climate Change in Central Asia: Impact and Policy Options and the Simulation Game NISIA - Climate-Induced Crises. The training was organized by the OSCE Academy in Bishkek and CRISP, an organization based in Berlin (Germany), and aimed at introducing participants to the impact of climate change on Central Asia and analyzing the climate policies of the region’s governments.
The training on ‘Climate Change in Central Asia: Impact and Policy Options’ introduced students to the state-of-the-art research and data about the impact of climate change with a focus on Central Asia, drawing upon academic literature and policy documents. Participants had an opportunity to develop a set of climate policy recommendations using the training materials and facilitators' guidance.
This three-day training was followed by a two-day simulation game ‘NISIA-Climate-Induced crises: Climate Change, Democratic Principles, Citizen Participation’. The simulation game was organized by CRISP and embedded the topic of climate-induced problems in the wider debate of challenges, which developing states are facing today.
Among key trainers were Dr. Rahat Sabyrbekov, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Oliver Wiechmann, International Consultant, Trainer, and project manager at CRISP and Kateryna Pavlova, Regional Project Coordinator at CRISP, Berlin, Germany.
"Due to the urgency of transitioning to the sustainable development path, policymakers, researchers, and experts in the field of climate change need to develop a greater collaboration in the Central Asian countries. The OSCE Training in Climate Change and the Simulation Game of CRISP is a highly productive and inspiring experience for me, which tremendously enhanced my knowledge of tools and policies aimed at mitigating further consequences of climate change and achieving sustainable development", - says one of the participants, Yerkezhan Akhmetzaki, Ph.D., Associate professor-researcher.