In Gilgit, a mountain town situated in a valley of the Karakorum Range in Northern Pakistan, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat is working with the First Microfinance Bank Pakistan to build a green building to house the bank’s new Regional Headquarters. The building will benefit from a range of passive design measures, which take advantage of local climate conditions to reduce the amount of energy required to maintain a comfortable environment indoors.
Juniper forests and the survival of high mountain communities
Juniper tree with two trunks cut down near Kulikalon Lake in Tajikistan....
In 2019, UCA’s Mountain Societies Research Institute, together with a group of researchers from Germany, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan launched the “Juniper Central Asia Project”. The two-year project has five areas of focus including socio-economic research, year-ring analysis, assessment of the distribution zones and the biomass of juniper forests through remote sensing, and the creation of models to describe dynamics of development and degradation of these forests.
Covid-19 accelerates digital transformation at UCA
Abdul Saboor Farid, English Instructor at UCA’s School of Professional and...
As part of the Digital Transformation in Central Asia (DTCA) conference hackathon event in October 2019, undergraduate students at the University of Central Asia (UCA) developed an innovative tech project designed to connect women and provide resources for people subjected to abuse or domestic violence.
Afghanistan: Remote learning Afghan style
English teacher, Mirwais Alamyar, with the father of three children...
In two short weeks, AKES,A programme leaders had designed self-study packages for students that included reading resources, worksheets, assignments and study planners and at-home activities for pre-schoolers and their families.