CAS Research Center for Ecology and Environment of Central Asia, an overseas science and technology institution held by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, opens its new branch center in Dushanbe, Capital of Tajikistan, on Aug. 28.
As one of the three branch centers of the CAS Research Center for Ecology and Environment of Central Asia, the Dushanbe Branch Center will focus on meeting and addressing regional ecological and environmental challenges in Tajikistan.
Construction of the center was started two years ago, soon after a signing ceremony witnessed by Chinese President XI Jinping and Emomali Rahmon, President of Tajikistan, during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Summit in Dushanbe in September of 2014.
The Branch Center in Dushanbe will consist of four parts, namely the information branch center, joint laboratory, field observation, and agricultural technology experiment and demonstration base.
After the establishment, it will grow to a platform for science and technology cooperation between China and Tajikistan, and a platform for education collaboration and exchange.
The center will target on science and technology cooperation in areas of ecological environmental protection, sustainable utilization of resources, agricultural development, mineral resources exploration, and disaster monitoring and warning. Talent training and cultivation will also be a key task for the Center.
Established in 2013, the CAS Research Center for Ecology and Environment of Central Asia is hosted by the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography (XIEG). The Center is jointly constructed by 8 CAS institutes, including the XIEG, and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The Research Center will become an international bridge of cooperation and communication in scientific fields involving ecology for China and Central Asian countries, according to CHEN Xi, director of XIEG.
The Center has three satellite branches — in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.
opening ceremony of the Branch Center
Azim Ibrohim, First Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan paid a visit to UAV of the Dushanbe Branch Center