Climate Risk Management in Uzbekistan

Project Goal

Community residents learn about how to better preserve natural resources
UNDP in Uzbekistan: Drawing a link between climate change and the maintenance of natural resources


The Central Asian Multi-Country Programme on Climate Risk Management: ‘Climate Risk Management in Uzbekistan’ project works to mitigate the potential impacts of natural disasters related to climate change. It also works to ensure the integration of climate risk management in the development of key strategies and plans in the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The programme is designed to reduce climate risks, enhance adaptive capacity and encourage the development of early warning measures, while it also creates a basis for attracting long-term investments aimed at increasing resilience to climate impacts in the region. The project is implemented at both a national (includes 5 national components) and regional level.

The multi-country/regional component works to strengthen human resource capacities in managing the risks of climate change, while disseminating at the global, multi-country and national levels the knowledge and lessons learned as a result of changes introduced into national development processes, in order to address the risks and opportunities associated with climate variability and climate change. It also works to increase knowledge and awareness about the degradation of glaciers in Central Asia.

At a national level, this programme works to reduce climate-related disasters, initiate adaptation to climate change, and integrate climate risk management into the development policies and strategies of Uzbekistan.

Our Results


  • Raised the awareness of over 1,000 farmers from 6 pilot sites in the Kashkadarya region, in regards to water availability forecasts and the use of recommendations regarding water saving approaches. 4 quarterly bulletins on Climate Risk Management in the Kashkadarya Province have been published and disseminated to 6 pilot sites, as a part of the Drought Early Warning System;
  • Supplied 200 households of the Aralovul village with water needed to irrigate their plots, as a result of the water regulating unit constructed at the adjacent Ayrum canal;
  • Educated 3 women-teachers and 4 women-farmers from the Kashkadarya region regarding community-based water efficient technologies, within the gender mainstreamed study tour conducted to the Arnasay village in Kazakhstan. Familiarised 4 women and 3 men, representing 4 national partner organisations, with international best practices in drought monitoring, forecasting and management, during a study tour to the Drought Monitoring Centre for South-Eastern Europe in Ljubljana, Slovenia;
  • Raised the awareness of 1,097 people (including 439 women) from national ministries and agencies, the farming industry, associations of water users, regional and district administrations and local communities, academia, NGOs, mass media, research centers and other related organisations, in regards to climate-related risks and disasters. This was achieved through 11 workshops held in the Tashkent and Kashkadarya regions.

Plans for the Future



  • 2 sustainable agricultural tools for water saving that can be utilised by local communities, including greenhouses with drip irrigation and land laser levelling, will be demonstrated in the Kashkadarya region;
  • The Local Climate Risk Assessment methodology will be formulated and tested in selected communities within the Kashkadarya region, and follow-up recommendations regarding its practical application will be developed;
  • 2 recommendations will be developed and introduced into the Capacity Building Strategy on Climate Risk Management and the Long-Term Action Plan for Drought Monitoring Centre for national and local planning authorities, in order to enable inter-agency cooperation and coordination for Climate Risk Management;
  • 30 per cent of the population of the Kashkadarya region will be informed of and prepared for undertaking actions required to mitigate drought impacts, while 10 per cent of the population living in selected local communities will be prepared for undertaking actions required to mitigate mudflow dangers;
  • A Climate Risk Profile for Uzbekistan will be developed and widely disseminated among all stakeholders, and will also be made publicly accessible.  

Finances

Total Budget: USD 800,000
BCPR: USD 600,000
UNDP: USD 200,000
Overview
Status:
Active
Project Start Date:
March 2011
Estimated End Date:
December 2014
Geographic Coverage:
Tashkent City and Kashkadarya
Focus Area:
Environment & Energy
MDG:
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
Partners:
The Center of Hydrometeorological Services under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Finance and the State Committee for Nature Protection
 
Contacts
Natalya Agaltseva, Project Manager


Natalya.Agaltseva@undp.org


+998 71 2357393