National consultation workshop on climate change impacts in Turkmenistan
In the last week of January, a two-day workshop on national stakeholder consultations was jointly organised within the Environment and Security Initiative’s (ENVSEC) Project “Climate change and security in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus” and Climate Risk Management Project in Turkmenistan.
The national stakeholder consultations on long- and short-term impacts of climate change is a key step in defining Turkmenistan's priorities in relation to the negative effects of climate change and current climate variability. During the workshop current and expected vulnerability of communities and economy were discussed in detail. The methodology on climate risk assessment developed in 2013 was used in a case study. Vulnerability of the communities, as well as contemporary and expected (2030) impacts of long- and short-term factors of climate change on major sectors of economy were discussed in a participatory manner with active involvement of country representatives. Outcomes of the workshop will be used for climate risk assessment in Turkmenistan and development of national climate risk profile.
The workshop participants included the EU Delegation, National Focal Point for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), OSCE representatives, leading specialists and officials of the governmental agencies including Mejlis, the Emergency Management Department of the Ministry of Defenсe, National Committee for Hydrometeorology under the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Water Economy, Ministry of Health and Medical Industry, Ministry of Economy and Development, Turkmen State University named after Magtymguly as well as national experts and project partners. Dr. Yegor Volovik, Regional Programme Coordinator for the Central Asian Climate Risk Management Programme, presented key activities and expected outcomes of the project.
The ENVSEC Project funded by EC Instrument for Stability was recently launched for Central Asia, Eastern Europe and Southern Caucasus. One of the activities of the project is devoted to participatory assessments in the focus region of the security implications of climate change. Climate Risk Management in Turkmenistan project aims to enhance the capacity of Turkmenistan to mitigate climate risks by strengthening the institutional, legal and technical capacities of key institutions in order to achieve a better understanding and awareness of climatic risks. The project focuses on increasing the resilience of agricultural and livestock communities through more effective climate risk management assessment and provision of risk information.
Ms. Mahrijemal Hudayberdiyeva