Disruptive technology innovation challenge

Since August 2020 to June 2021 a large-scale international project "Global Disruptive Tech Challenge 2021 - Restoring Landscapes in the Aral Sea Region” was launched for Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.


The objective of the challenge is to identify disruptive technologies and innovative approaches for landscape restoration in the Aral Sea region (Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan).


The challenge consists of 5 stages:

Stage 1. The current situation assessment with landscape restoration in the Aral Sea region.

Stage 2. The applications collection for participation in the international challenge of innovative ideas.

Stage 3. Capacity building of the selected challenge participants (teaching the basics of business planning, developing public speaking skills, etc.).

Stage 4. Selection of the challenge winners and awarding them with grants for their projects’ implementation in the field of landscape restoration in the Aral Sea basin.

Stage 5. Capacity building of the winners for the purpose of further commercialization and distribution the projects in the region (business skills, knowledge exchange, mentoring program).


All knowledge and innovations that we collect during the challenge will be available for wider distribution in the form of an interactive E-Book.


You can find more information about the challenge following the links below:

Natural Resources Institute presentation about the challenge

World Bank presentation about the challenge

Video recording of the meeting of 15.12.2020

Video recording of the meeting of 21.12.2020 

Video recording of the meeting of 11.01.2021 

More about the Challenge  

The most frequently asked questions  


This Project is implemented with the support of the Central Asia Water and Energy Program (CAWEP), administered by the World Bank and financed by the European Union, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and is part of the World Bank Resilient Landscape in Central Asia RESILAND CA + Program. The project is implemented by the Kazakh-German University (DKU) in partnership with the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) and Plug and Play (P&P).


For more information please contact: Balzhan Zhumagazina, zhumagazina@dku.kz


This video about "The Global Disruptive Tech Challenge 2021" is prepared in cooperation with the project partner - the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF):