UNDP supports development of Turkmenistan’s national adaptation plan

Apr 18, 2017

Photo: Burning of associated gas / Oleg Guichgeldiev

Ashgabat, 18 April 2017: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held a roundtable discussion to support the preparation of Turkmenistan’s national adaptation plan to climate change this month in the capital city of Ashgabat. The plan will work to build resilience to climate change effects such as water scarcity, declining crop yields, and increased risk of environmental migrations in Turkmenistan.

With support from the joint UNDP-UN Environment National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP), the plan will be submitted to the UNFCCC, with a supporting project proposal to be presented to the Green Climate Fund in 2017.  The NAP-GSP Programme works in partnership with governments in more than 40 developing countries globally to advance their National Adaptation Plans.

NAP Global Support Programme expert Ms. Ephrat Yovel helped facilitate the roundtable, providing insights on global best practices in the development of adaptation plans. During her mission in Turkmenistan, Ms. Yovel also held individual meetings with line ministries. During these meetings participants determined the strategic position and requirements needed to formulate an integrated National Adaptation Plan. The requests, plans, needs and institutional requirements will be reflected in the final application to the Green Climate Fund.  

“The purpose of developing National Adaptation Plans is to define actions and processes that can serve as a baseline for implementing measures on adaptation to climate change. It is necessary to develop a common understanding of the current level of capacity to reduce the effects of climate change. The process involves a wide range of stakeholders; it requires analysis and understanding of vulnerability. Mostly, we talk about the process of risk management, namely proper assessment of risks and response to them. The Paris Agreement for the first-time enshrined international commitments on the impact of climate change. Since 2020, we will begin to submit reports, including baseline data, progress and indicators,” explained Ms. Yovel.

Participants of the roundtable are representatives of the line ministries and national agencies including the State Committee for Environmental Protection and Land Resources, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Economy, Ministry of Economy and Development, National Committee on Hydrometeorology under the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, State Enterprise on Caspian Sea, Ministry of Finance, Mejlis (Assembly) of Turkmenistan, State Statistics Committee, Chief Department of Ministry of Defense for Civil Defense and Rescue Works, and Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

During the discussion, participants addressed goals and targets of each national agency on the topic of climate change and considered the existing base for creating Turkmenistan’s NAP.

“Turkmenistan already has a very strong base for development of National Adaptation Plans. In 2012, Turkmenistan adopted the National strategy on climate change, and developed ministerial plans which include reducing of the impact on climate change. In this year, we develop draft laws on environmental security, cotton growing and land cadaster (survey mapping). Each year, we define priority national interests. The National Adaptation Plan can become a very good continuation of our current actions in the area of climate change,” said Deputy of Mejlis of Turkmenistan, Gulshirin Tagandurdyeva.

Participants of the round table outlined a range of activities related to capacity building in effective climate change resiliency efforts, as well as measures to address natural disasters, floods, droughts, landslides, earthquakes and others.

Representatives of the national agencies are discussing the need to establish a coordination mechanism for the monitoring and evaluation of distribution of international and national funds aimed at adaptation and reducing the impacts of climate change.

Contact information

Rovshen Nurmuhamedov
Environment and Energy Programme Office
E-mail: rovshen.nurmuhamedov@undp.org