UNDP/GEF Launch New Project on Climate Change and Economic Activity

Dec 23, 2016

Avaza, 22-23 December 2016: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  and the State Committee for Nature Protection of Turkmenistan launched a new project “Support to the economic climate resilient livelihoods in agricultural communities in arid regions of Turkmenistan” to be funded by Global Environment Fund (GEF).

The objective of the project is to create basis for economically sustainable livelihoods in the agricultural communities of Lebal and Dashoguz regions of Turkmenistan. The project aims to enable farmers of the regions to overcome the barriers that induce water stress and other environmental hazards in the agricultural sector.

“Agriculture and adaptation to the climate change is one of the priorities of the Government of Turkmenistan included into the national strategies and sectoral development plans. We have worked together with UNDP on a number of projects such as land degradation, ecological monitoring and analysis, and creating database on nature reserves and protection. The new project is very welcomed and is expected to give an impetus to greater cooperation,” said Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Nature Protection of Turkmenistan.

The inception seminar took place with participation of more than 30 representatives of the government institutions, such as Ministry of Agriculture and Water Economy, Ministry of Economy and Development, Parliament of Turkmenistan, Union of Entrepreneurs, representatives of Lebap and Dashoguz regional authorities and other interested parties.

During the seminar participants discussed current and upcoming activity of UNDP/GEF projects in the sphere of climate change, building resilience of the local communities and introducing innovative methods and technologies for adaptation. Representatives of the government institutions delivered presentations on the performance of the agricultural sector of the economy and the influence of climate change on the farming systems in Turkmenistan.

Participants worked in the small groups to analyze the needs of the local farmers in water and land use and outlined the ways to promote efficiency under the condition of climate change. Participants also discussed and approved the annual work plan for 2017.

“This project is seeking to introduce long-term solutions to help the Government meet its goals in mainstreaming climate change adaptation at the community and national levels. UNDP pays great attention to the topic of climate change because proper solutions help improve living conditions and economic performance, create safe environments and ensure sustainable development. We are looking forward to implement this project for the benefit of the people of Turkmenistan,” stated Amangul Ovezberdyyeva, Project Manager.

The project will directly strengthen the adaptive capacity and reduce the vulnerability of around 40,000 to 50,000 persons (comprising 8,000 to 10,000 households), of which about 51.2% are women, in six pilot farmer associations and two livestock farms in the Lebap and Dashoguz velayats.

The project action plan includes measures to help improve the productivity of farm operations, be better prepared for increasing water scarcity and by introducing alternative income sources. The plan also foresees research and innovation. Improved water efficiency and crop production systems will bring approximately 20,000 ha of agricultural and 500,000 ha of pastoral lands under direct climate resilient technologies resulting in a real net household income increase of at least 15% for participating households. 

Contact information

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

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