Within the framework of the Agreement between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction, on June 24, 2021, a national technical seminar was held in Bishkek on strengthening capacities in disaster risk reduction and preparedness in the agricultural sector of the Kyrgyz Republic.
The seminar was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Regional Development, the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry, the State Forestry Agency, the State Agency for Regional Development, the State Agency for Water Resources, the National Statistical Committee (NSC KR), Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction and other ministries and departments of the Kyrgyz Republic.
During the seminar, the following were discussed and approved:
1. Structure and content of plans for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change at the local level (at the level of Aiyl aimaks);
2. The structure and content of a typical regular Report on the impact of emergencies and natural hazards on the agricultural sectors of the region (agriculture, hunting and forestry, fishery);
3. Recommendations for improving the existing policy and methodology for reporting on the impact of emergencies and natural hazards on agricultural sectors at the district level (agriculture, hunting and forestry, fisheries);
4. Other documents and materials aimed at strengthening capacity for disaster risk reduction and disaster preparedness in the agricultural sector of the Kyrgyz Republic.
The presentations of the Center's representatives demonstrated methods and approaches to accomplishing the objectives of each of the project components, in achieving common goals at the national and local levels, covering the most important aspects of disaster risk management in the agricultural sector.
As a result of the discussion, the participants recommended the introduction into the practice of the activities of the regional departments of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic, the development and provision of standard regular reporting on the impact of emergencies and natural hazards on agricultural sectors, with special emphasis on hydrometeorological hazards, diseases of animals, plants, forests and implementation in the practice of local self-government bodies to develop a plan for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in the agricultural sectors of Aiyl aimaks.
The project was implemented jointly with the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic as the leading state executive body in partnership with regional institutions dealing with DRR and climate change, local authorities, public organizations and NGOs.