Mr. Rovshen Nurmuhamedov
Climate change is projected to have significant impacts on water resources in an already arid Turkmenistan. Water availability and supply are likely to suffer from increasing shortages due to elevated temperatures, overall climate aridification and competition for water arising from regional trans-boundary water issues. Turkmenistan’s inherent aridity and reliance on agriculture as a source of both income and food renders the country particularly vulnerable to these climate change impacts.
In response, the Government of Turkmenistan is proposing to take a comprehensive approach to water adaptation in the agricultural sector. This initiative, which seeks financing through the Adaptation Fund (AF), aims to increase resilience in 3 different agro-climatic zones in Turkmenistan by implementing hard water efficiency and irrigation measures, and to develop water user associations benefiting over 30,000 farmers.
The main objective of the project is to strengthen water management practices at both local and national levels in response to climate change-induced water scarcity risks that are increasingly affecting farming systems in Turkmenistan. The project will assess and deliver concrete water adaptation measures to local vulnerable communities in the three typical agro-ecological regions, while also strengthening national level water legislation and pricing to ensure water availability for the non-state sector farmers. This combination of outcomes will ensure that concrete actions implemented through AF resources are sustainable beyond the lifetime of the project.
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