Paul Schumacher works for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Kyrgyzstan. He is Advisor for the Regional Project “Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change in high mountainous regions of Central Asia”, which is part of the International Climate Initiative. Paul did a Bachelor of Science in Geography and a Master of Science in Global Change Ecology, an interdisciplinary Master program, linking natural science perspectives on global change with social science approaches. Between his Bachelor and Master, he already gained first working experiences in Development Cooperation working for GIZ in Tajikistan and in Bonn in the Sectorial Project on Combating Desertification. Paul has research and working experience in the field of ecosystem services, land use management and climate change. To further develop his scientific ambitions, he does a PhD focusing on how to better link scientific research with development planning on community level in parallel with his current position.

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I am at Atatürk Airport in Istanbul, looking for my flight to appear on the departures timetable. There it is—Bishkek—the capital of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, where I am about to start my new job in the field of natural resource management. I chuckle at the thought that, for many people, the Central Asian region […]

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