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Enhancing Competencies of Central Asian Universities in Agricultural Policy focused on Environmental Protection & Land Management
Start date: Oct 15, 2015, End date: Oct 14, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Agricultural activities significantly affect all components of natural environment and thus directly influence living of population around the world. Agricultural sector significantly contributes to national economies of Central Asian countries which have inherited major environmental challenges from the Soviet era. Moreover, extensive irrigation agriculture is responsible for more than 90% of the water consumption by humans in this region. However, a great potential for economic growth and well-educated human resources predetermine Central Asian countries to be important partners for cooperation with the European Union. This fact is also declared by the European Commission in its Multiannual Indicative Programme Regional Central Asia 2014-2020. The aim of this project is to contribute to the enhancement of the theoretical approach towards the land management and environmental protection through developing innovated programme curricula in the field of “Environmental protection and Land Management” – in the context of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) principles. In continuity with this aim the main objective of the project is to enhance the level of competencies and skills of the HEIs in Central Asia (Uzbek and Kazakh universities) by providing them with innovated programme curricula in the field of “Environmental protection and Land Management”. Alongside the main objective, the following partial objectives are:1. to develop an innovated programme curricula within the related study programme in order to improve a quality of education in Central Asian countries in the field of environmental protection and land management in the context of new CAP;2. to increase an awareness of students from Central Asia on legal tools supporting environmental friendly agricultural practices;3. to create a partnership of European and Central Asian higher education institutions which will benefit from mutual support of education in the subject fields.

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