UNDP Discusses Adaptation Potential to Climate Change and Hold Hands-on Training on Land Leveling

Jan 8, 2018

Experts from Uzbekistan demonstrate how to use the new equipment which allows balanced water and land use.

Ashgabat, 2 January 2018: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the national partners discussed the capacity of the national agencies to effectively plan climate change adaptation actions.

Representatives of the national agencies, such as the National Committee on Hydrometeorology, State Committee for Environment Protection and Land Resources, Ministry of Finance and Economy, Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, as well as 10 farmers from four farm associations of Lebap and Dashoguz regions, discussed the needs of the farmers including cattle breeders and potential for cooperation with the relevant national agencies.

“It is vital to ensure sustainable use of water and land as climate change together with misuse of the natural resources lead to depletion of available land for pastures and agriculture. In this regard, it is necessary to establish a coordination mechanism among the national agencies stipulating financial sources of funding for climate change reduction actions and to ensure replication of the best experiences,” noted Nazar Korpeev, National expert of UNDP project.

Representatives of the national agencies highlighted spheres of their work relevant to the agriculture and climate change, and noted that there is a need to establish a coordination mechanism for combating climate change effects. As a result of the discussion, participants have revised the training programme on adaptation to climate change to be implemented by UNDP’s project “Supporting climate resilient livelihoods in agricultural communities in drought-prone areas of Turkmenistan”.

After the discussion, local farmers visited Geokdepe research site of UNDP’s “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Sustainable Water Management in Turkmenistan” where they were introduced to the new laser land leveling equipment as part of adaptation to climate change programme. The equipment allows leveling the land and creating the proper slope to ensure that the watering of the field is balanced, no water is wasted, the field is not swamped. In turn, it increases the level of harvesting by at least 20% and allows to preserve the land and water resources, avoid the soil salinization.

The demonstration of the use of the new equipment took place with participation of the farmers and invited experts from Uzbekistan as part of south-south cooperation programme. (See the video). The equipment was purchased by UNDP as replication of the previous successful experience of its use under the project funded by the Adaptation Fund in 2012-2016.

UNDP’s projects are funded by the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Contact information

Amangul Ovezberdyyeva
Project Manager
E-mail: amangul.ovezberdyyeva@undp.org

Geldi Myradov
Project Manager
E-mail: geldi.myradov@undp.org

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