Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Resource Economics


Natural Resource Management in Central Asia

Start: 05/2015
End: 04/2017

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 Humboldt-University Berlin with research activities of the Centre for Development Studies (ZELF) at 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.

Researcher: Dr. Dimitrios Zikos, Wibke Crewett, Ahmad Hamidov, Ulan Kasymov

Project Partner:

  • The Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems (WINS)
  • Zentrum für Entwicklungsländerforschung (ZELF) der Freien Universität Berlin
  • WIWEX (WIWEX ist als Tochterunternehmen des gemeinnützigen Fördervereins der Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät Partner der Humboldt-Universität in der Durchführung und Abwicklung von Projekten)

Advisor Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Konrad Hagedorn

Funding: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)