UNDP expands its work to Lebap and Dashoguz

Mar 10, 2017

Turkmenistan, 10 March 2017: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) extends its cooperation to another 2 regions of Turkmenistan. The meetings with representatives of the local administration of Dashoguz and Lebap velayats, Gorogly and Galkynysh etraps, local farmers, specialists and local communities were held to familiarize participants with the goals and objectives of the new project.

“The work on sites in the drought-affected regions is the key to preventing and reducing the effects of climate change. Local communities are the main players because they are directly involved into the use of land and water through farming and cattle breeding which are the primary areas hit by the climate change,” explains UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Vitalie Vremis.

UNDP and the Global Environment Fund launched a new project aimed at reducing the negative effects of climate change such as lack of water and land degradation “Supporting climate resilient livelihoods in agricultural communities in drought-prone areas of Turkmenistan”.

During the meetings, UNDP discussed launch of the resource centers and appointment of the local coordinator. It was underlined that the project will replicate UNDP experience from earlier years and provide grants for implementation of the community development projects proposed by the local farmers and specialists.

“Local experts believe that the most relevant to climate change issues are salinization of soil and agricultural pests that prevent development of the agriculture and socio-economic growth. To understand and study the status quo, UNDP will hold a research and decide on the set of measures to implement at the project sites,” says project manager Amangul Ovezberdieva.

UNDP also stressed the importance of balanced gender development during implementation of the project considering the interests of both men and women. Further meetings and work of the project on site is scheduled for the nearest time.

Contact information

Nazik Myradova
UNDP Communications Associate
E-mail: nazik.myradova@undp.org