The Korea Times
Future livelihoods in Rural Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan faced many challenges since it achieved its independence in 1991. Indeed, switching from planned economy to a free market was not an easy step. But while the early years were a period of crisis for many of its citizens, the progress that has been made in the last 25 years is truly impressive. In particular since the early and mid-2000s an economic boom, fueled by growing revenues from the exploitation of natural resources, has benefited people all over the country.
Still, there are numerous challenges ahead and the distribution of benefits is far from uniform. Differences occur both regionally as well as along a rural-urban divide, although the latter has been bridged to some degree in recent years.
In this two-day session, the progress Kazakhstan achieved as well as the challenges the country still faces are discussed in two public lectures and workshops. The focus is set on rural areas of Kazakhstan and the difficulties as well as achievements that have been made in this regard.
The first afternoon will be spent between discussions and presentations by experts. During the second day, workshops with students and interested faculty members focus on themes related with the public lectures (development of markets, agriculture and pastoralism, social changes and regional variations, chances, perspectives and obstacles, etc.).
Chair: Dinara Abildenova (UZH)
10:00 - Peter Finke & Dinara Abildenova (UZH): Introduction
10:15 - Svetlana Kovalskaya (ENU): Kazkah Nomadic Culture in the XX century: Tragic Losses, Gains and Strategies of Survival
11:00 - Gulnara Dadabayeva (KIMEP): Land Issues for Pastoralism Development in modern-day Kazakhstan
12:00 - Lunch Break
13:30 - Dauren Oshakbayev (TALAP): Agricultural Policies, Emerging Markets and Farming Strategies in Rural Kazakhstan
14:15 - Didar Kassymova (KIMEP): Social Capital of Oralman for Rural Economics in modern-day Kazakhstan
15:00 - Coffee Break
15:30 - Peter Finke (UZH): Perspectives on Pastoralism in Central Asia
16:15 - Final Discussion
Glacier Science Week
This week is fully dedicated to glaciers. With the support of the University of Fribourg, visitors will learn more about the work Swiss and Kazakh glacier scientists do side-by-side to monitor the change and the decline of glaciers in both the Tien Shan Mountains and the Alps. Accompanied by a glacier Scientists based in Kazakhstan, visitors will be able to conduct their own ice drilling and get a feeling of scientists’ daily work in the field.
At the same time, the problematic topic will be approached through a photo installation by Laurence Piaget-Dubuis called “The Refugees Glacier”.
Furthermore, during the event a new wgms Glacier App (version 2.0) for mobile devices will be launched.
Closing of the Swiss Pavilion
The 2017 Astana expo adventure comes at an end and it is time for the Swiss Pavilion to close. More information will be provided about this event later.