Locals discuss findings of the assessment of socio-economic impacts of climate change
A one-day consultative workshop was organized by UNDP in Turkmenistan to discuss the findings of the recently conducted studies on the socio-economic impacts of climate change risks onto local economies of three project regions – Sakarchaga in Mary velayat , Karakum and Nohur in Ahal velayat. The meeting was a part in a series of events planned by the project on “Addressing climate change risks to farming system in Turkmenistan, at the national and local levels”, implemented by the Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan jointly with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Adaptation Fund.
The main objectives of the workshop were to review the findings of an assessment study carried out to look at the socio-economic impacts of climate change risks on the agricultural sector in Turkmenistan and to identify opportunities for applying new methods for calculation of tariffs for water supply services. The workshop also included a discussion of the proposed new methodology for calculating water supplies tariffs. The new methodology would allow setting up differential tariffs depending on various factors such as productivity of crops and quality of irrigation water (level of salinity). It will also offer a number of incentive mechanisms for irrigation water saving.
The workshop was attended by government officials from key ministries and agencies of Turkmenistan (Mejlis, Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Nature Protection, etc.), as well as representatives from local self-government bodies and local project communities from Sakarchaga, Karakum and Nohur.
Project Manager, AF Project
Mr. Ahmet Shadurdiev