European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 23 November 2018
The EU today announced cooperation programmes that will promote sustainable development in Central Asia. This announcement comes as ministers from across Central Asia meet with senior EU officials at the EU-Central Asia Ministerial Meeting.
With an impressive development progress over the past two decades, the countries of the Europe and Central Asia region (ECA) are primed for significant economic and social growth. Climate change, however, threatens to undermine decades of development gains and put at risk efforts to eradicate poverty. Tackling climate change must be central to efforts to reduce poverty and sustain development.
Cities across Central Asia experienced catastrophic seismic shocks throughout the 20th century. For example, Tashkent – the most populated city in Central Asia today – was razed to the ground by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in 1966, with over 300,000 people reportedly losing their homes. Turkmenistan’s capital city of Ashgabat was severely impacted by a 7.3 quake in 1948, with thousands of deaths reported.
The Central Asia Hydrometeorology Modernization Project is helping build modern workstations, rehabilitate observation networks, enable access to satellite data and global computer models, and train experts on advanced software to enhance analysis, monitoring and forecasting.
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Hydrological and meteorological (or “hydromet”) hazards are responsible for 90 percent of total disaster losses worldwide, and pose a particular threat to communities in Central Asia.
Improving the prediction of hydromet hazards—by getting accurate, timely predictions into the hands of decision-makers and the public—can save lives and money.
By Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Head of Climate Change Adaptation, UNDP
Since its inception, the Adaptation Fund has provided critical support for climate resilient development strategies across the globe. Working through agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), governments across the globe have accessed Adaptation Fund finance to reduce climate change risks and build more climate resilient nations.
Ashgabat, 18 August 2017: UNDP and the State Committee for Nature Protection and Land Resources jointly with partners at national and local level discussed the final results of the project “Addressing Climate Change Risks to Farming Systems in Turkmenistan at National and Community Level” funded by the Adaptation Fund.
This report assembles information from various sources to analyse the current situation of drought in Central Asian countries for enhancing drought risk management and increasing efforts to develop drought preparedness plans and implement actions to reduce the impact of droughts. It assesses drought vulnerabilities, risk management capacities, and existing policies, institutions and practices in the countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Turkey.
Lebap, Dashoguz, 1-25 June 2017: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) scales up its programme on climate change and adaptation by expanding it work to the new regions of Turkmenistan to building resilience of the local population to effects of climate change.
By Kamila Aliyeva
The three-day Central Asian International Environmental Forum titled “Initiative for Cooperation on Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development in Central Asia” has ended in Ashgabat city, Turkmenistan State News Agency reported.
The event was organized by the State Committee of Turkmenistan for Environmental Protection and Land Resources and the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (CAREC).
Scarcity of water resources is among the extremely difficult problems of the [Central Asian] region.
Ashgabat, 16 May 2017: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) conducted a series of three workshops with participation of more than 60 representatives of national agencies and local public associations to discuss preliminary results of vulnerability assessment and adaptation to climate change in local communities of Lebap and Dashoguz regions.
Ashgabat, 28 March - 4 April 2017: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held a study visit to Israel for seven experts of the national agencies of Turkmenistan. The study tour took place under the project “Supporting climate resilient livelihoods in agricultural communities in drought-prone areas of Turkmenistan” funded by the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) of the Global Environment Facility.
The Fourth Regional Technical Group meeting on Disaster Management under the Heart of Asia regional cooperation initiative took place today, and resulted in the development of a Confidence-Building Measure (CBM) Road Map for Heart of Asia Countries. The meeting was attended by representatives from all 14 participating countries and six supporting countries. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was a technical partner for the meeting, and Mr Sartaj Aziz, the adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security, was in attendance as chief guest.
The Fourth Regional Technical Group meeting under the Heart of Asia initiative took place in Islamabad today. The meeting’s focus was on confidence building measures (CBMs) for disaster management, which is led by Pakistan and Kazakhstan. This year focuses on the establishment of CBM’s road map of the Heart of Asia Countries.
25 August 2015: United Nations Development Program (UNDP) together with the Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan held series of the two-day trainings for local water users to increase the knowledge in the area of adaptation to climate change and sustainable use of water on farms.
The trainings were held as part of the “Addressing Climate Change Risks to farming systems in Turkmenistan at national and community level” project in the pilot regions of “Nohur”, “Karakum” and “Sakarchage”. The programme launched in 2013 is funded through the global Adaptation Fund (AF).
On June 30, 2015, UNDP Resident Representative Jacinta Barrins paid a working visit to Sakarchaga etrap as part of the UNDP/MNP/AF project “Addressing Climate Change Risks to farming systems in Turkmenistan at national and community level”.
UNDP Turkmenistan held an inception workshop with participation of partners, international and local experts on launch of the new project “Climate resilient Livelihoods in Agricultural Communities in Drought-Prone Areas of Turkmenistan” on June 25, 2015.
The project development started in 2014 and is expected to be launched in mid-2016 after final consultations with the Government of Turkmenistan.
In June 2015, UNDP Turkmenistan and Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan held a series of two-day trainings within the framework of the project “Addressing climate change risks to farming system in Turkmenistan at national and local levels” in the pilot regions of Nohur, Karakum and Sakarchaga.
13 June 2015 – All efforts for sustainable development and a stable future must involve a deep respect for human rights and the strengthening of rule of law, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today as he concluded his five-day tour of Central Asia with a visit to Turkmenistan.