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Senate ratifies the Agreement on establishing a regional glaciological center

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by February 16, 2017 Key Issues

During a plenary session the Senate adopted the Law On Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on establishing the Central Asian regional glaciological center (category 2) in the Republic of Kazakhstan, under the auspices of UNESCO.

As was reported by the Minister of Education and Science Yerlan Sagadiyev, the goal of the agreement is the establishment of the Central Asian regional glaciological center in Kazakhstan. Establishment of the center will contribute to developing glaciological science and improve scientific understanding of climate change impacts on glaciers, snow and water resources on the regional and global levels, developing research of glaciological issues, mountain cryosphere, hydrology and climatology, to the solution of water and food security issues.

Under the agreement the center will contribute to strengthening coordination of research activities and information exchange between relevant organizations, to the implementation of scientific research in the field of climate change, promote the development of regional research programs, spread the results of research findings through seminars, workshops, conferences and periodicals.

The Agreement was made on May 29, 2012, in Astana.

In response to deputies’ questions, Y. Sagadiyev also said that around 90 glaciologists work in Kazakhstan, of which 50 will work at the center.

Glaciology is the science of ice that forms in natural environments on the surface of Earth, in the lithosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere. The goals of the science are the research of ice formation features, conditions of their existence; research of the composition and physical properties of ice; examination of geological impact of ice on the planet’s surface; study of geographical distribution of ice formations.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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